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Featuring numerous updates and additional anthology selections, the 3rd edition of Introduction to Old English confirms its reputation as a leading text designed to help students engage with Old English literature for the first time. A new edition of one of the most popular introductions to Old English Assumes no expertise in other languages or in traditional grammar Includes basic grammar reviews at the beginning of each major chapter and a "minitext" feature to aid students in practicing reading Old English Features updates and several new anthology readings, including King Alfred's Preface to Gregory's Pastoral Care

Author Biography

Peter S. Baker is Professor of English, specializing in medieval literature and the history of the English language, at the University of Virginia. His previous books include editions of Byrhthferth's Enchiridion (with Michael Lapidge, 1995) and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A Collaborative Edition.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiv
How to use this bookp. XV
The Anglo-Saxons and Their Languagep. 1
Who were they?p. 1
Where did their language come from?p. 3
What was Old English like?p. 4
The Indo-European languagesp. 5
The Germanic languagesp. 6
West Germanic and Low Germanp. 7
Old and Modern Englishp. 9
Old English dialectsp. 10
Pronunciationp. 11
Quick startp. 11
Vowels and diphthongsp. 12
Consonantsp. 14
Sermonettep. 16
More about vowelsp. 16
Short a, and eap. 16
I-mutationp. 17
Silent e; o for up. 18
More about c and gp. 18
Syllable lengthp. 20
Accentuationp. 20
On-line pronunciation practicep. 21
Summaryp. 21
Basic Grammar: A Reviewp. 22
Parts of speechp. 22
Nounsp. 23
Pronounsp. 23
Verbsp. 24
Adjectivesp. 26
Adverbsp. 27
Prepositionsp. 27
Conjunctionsp. 27
Interjectionsp. 28
Phrasesp. 28
Clausesp. 29
Elements of the sentence or clausep. 30
Subjectp. 30
Verbp. 31
Objectp. 32
Complementp. 33
Predicatep. 33
Casep. 34
What is case?p. 34
Uses of the casesp. 35
Nominativep. 35
Accusativep. 36
Genitivep. 37
Dativep. 38
Instrumentalp. 39
Pronounsp. 41
Quick startp. 41
Personal pronounsp. 41
Possessive adjectivesp. 41
Demonstrative pronounsp. 43
More about personal and demonstrative pronounsp. 44
The dual numberp. 44
Common spelling variantsp. 45
Interrogative pronounsp. 45
Indefinite pronounsp. 46
Relative pronounsp. 47
Reflexive pronounsp. 48
Reciprocal pronounsp. 48
Nounsp. 50
Quick startp. 50
Strong nounsp. 51
Weak nounsp. 53
Athematic nounsp. 55
The noun phrasep. 56
More about strong nounsp. 57
Two-syllable nounsp. 57
Nouns with changes in the stem syllablep. 58
Nouns with -w- or -g- before the endingp. 59
Minor declensionsp. 60
u-stem nounsp. 60
Nouns of relationshipp. 61
Nouns with -r- pluralsp. 62
Nouns with -p- endingsp. 62
Verbsp. 64
Quick startp. 64
Strong and weak verbsp. 64
Beon 'to be'p. 67
Preterite-present verbsp. 68
More about endingsp. 68
Assimilationp. 68
Plurals ending in -ep. 69
Subjunctive plural endingsp. 69
More about weak verbsp. 69
Classes 1 and 2p. 70
Class 1 weak verbs that change their vowelsp. 71
Contracted verbsp. 72
Class 3 weak verbsp. 72
More about strong verbsp. 73
The strong verb classesp. 73
Verbs affected by grammatical alternationp. 76
Contracted verbsp. 77
Tips on strong verbsp. 78
Verbs with weak presents and strong pastsp. 79
More about preterite-present verbsp. 80
Don, gan, willanp. 81
Negationp. 82
The verbalsp. 83
Infinitivesp. 83
Participlesp. 84
The subjunctivep. 85
Adjectivesp. 89
Quick startp. 89
Strong adjectivesp. 91
Weak adjectivesp. 92
Comparison of adjectivesp. 93
The adjective in the noun phrasep. 94
Numeralsp. 96
Quick startp. 96
Cardinal numbersp. 97
Ordinal numbersp. 98
Adverbs, Conjunctions and Prepositionsp. 99
Quick startp. 99
Adverbsp. 99
Comparison of adverbsp. 101
Conjunctionsp. 101
Correlationp. 102
Prepositionsp. 104
Concordp. 106
Quick startp. 106
Subject and verbp. 107
Impersonal verbsp. 109
Pronoun and antecedentp. 110
Noun and modifiersp. 111
Bad grammar?p. 112
Word-orderp. 115
Quick startp. 115
Subject-Verbp. 115
Verb-Subjectp. 117
Subject…Verbp. 118
Correlationp. 119
Anticipationp. 121
Periphrastic verbsp. 121
Metrep. 123
Alliterationp. 124
Rhythmp. 126
Lifts, half-lifts and dropsp. 126
Rhythmic typesp. 128
Hypermetric versesp. 131
Poetic Stylep. 133
Vocabularyp. 134
Variationp. 137
Formulasp. 140
Phrasesp. 140
Themesp. 142
Originality and qualityp. 143
The Grammar of Poetryp. 146
Inflectionsp. 146
Pronounsp. 146
Verbsp. 146
Adjectivesp. 147
Syntaxp. 147
Omission of subjects and objectsp. 147
Omission of prepositionsp. 149
Adjectives used as nounsp. 150
Word-orderp. 150
Independent and subordinate clausesp. 152
Old English in its Material Contextp. 156
Manuscriptsp. 156
Construction of the manuscriptp. 156
The Old English alphabetp. 157
Abbreviationsp. 159
Punctuation and capitalizationp. 159
Word- and line-divisionp. 162
Errors and correctionsp. 163
Runesp. 163
Other inscriptionsp. 167
Common Spelling Variantsp. 169
Vowels of accented syllablesp. 169
Unaccented syllablesp. 170
Consonantsp. 171
Phonetic Symbols and Termsp. 172
International Phonetic Alphabet symbolsp. 172
Phonetic termsp. 174
Further Readingp. 175
General worksp. 175
Grammarsp. 175
Dictionaries and concordancesp. 176
Bibliographiesp. 176
Old English texts and translationsp. 177
Literary criticism; sources and analogues; metrep. 178
History and culturep. 178
Manuscripts, art and archaeologyp. 178
On-line aidsp. 179
On-line amusementsp. 180
Anthologyp. 181
The Fall of Adam and Evep. 181
The Life of St AEthelthrythp. 183
Cynewulf and Cyneheardp. 186
The Martyrdom of AElfheahp. 188
Sermo Lupi ad Anglosp. 191
King Alfred's Preface to Gregory's Pastoral Carep. 197
Ohthere and Wulfstanp. 202
The Story of Casdmonp. 210
Boethius on Famep. 215
A Selection of Riddlesp. 223
The Battle of Maldonp. 227
The Wandererp. 240
The Dream of the Roodp. 245
The Battle of Finnesburhp. 251
Walderep. 253
Wulf and Eadwacerp. 257
The Wife's Lamentp. 259
The Husband's Messagep. 262
Judithp. 264
Textual Notesp. 275
Glossaryp. 283
Referencesp. 387
Indexp. 394
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