The Earliest English: An Introduction to Old English Language

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Pearson/Longman, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 307 pages
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Using easy-to-understand, non-technical language, this book covers basic terminology, background and the OE vocabulary students need to know. The text is divided into sections which each have two parts on the topic involved, one on history and culture, and one on language. Importantly, there are exercises for students to do and these appear in each section along with 'guiding' comments to help students in class and self-study. In addition, there is a discussion topic in each section.

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This is a fascinating and simple to understand introduction to Old English, one of the earliest forms of the English language. It introduces it from a standpoint of someone who may or may not have any background knowledge in historical linguistics or linguistics in general. It introduces pronunciation, syntax, and the cultural and historical importance that lead up to the development of the English language. It gives specific examples, practice exercises, and follow-up study questions to help you utilize the ideas it presents as well as (hopefully) retain the information.
For me personally, I love historical linguistics, and in particular, the history of the English language. I found this book to be particularly fascinating and helpful in understanding Old English.

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Chris McCully is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Manchester.

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