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An Introduction to Old English

Jonathan Evans (author)

ISBN: 9781603293112

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Format: Paperback

Introduces the major categories of grammar in parallel with a summary of the major events of English prehistory and the history of the Anglo-Saxons up to and immediately following the Norman Conquest. Lessons present translation passages in chronological order, starting from the Peterborough manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
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This unique textbook introduces the major categories of grammar in parallel with a summary of the major events of English prehistory and the history of the Anglo-Saxons up to and immediately following the Norman Conquest. Lessons present translation passages in chronological order from the Peterborough manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, with additional sentences drawn from sources including the Old English translation of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the Alfredian translation of the Universal History of Paulus Orosius, and other prose and poetic texts of the period. Supplementary sections provide additional lexical, historical, literary, and cultural information relevant to the translation passages, reinforced by brief exercises and advanced translation sentences. A section of advanced readings includes a generous assortment of poetry, such as passages from Beowulf, The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, and The Wife's Lament.

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This is a superb, innovative textbook. There have been a number of new introductory readers and textbooks for Old English published in the last ten years. But Evans's book can lay claim to an originality of approach and pedagogy, along with an important comprehensiveness that the others lack. Very impressive coverage of the language for students of all skill levels." – Andrew Scheil, University of Minnesota
Pages 277
Dimensions 235 x 165
Date Published 30 Jan 2021
Publisher Modern Language Association
Series Introductions to Older Languages
Series Part 5
Subject/s Language teaching & learning (other than ELT)   linguistics   Literary studies: classical, early & medieval   Translation & interpretation  
Jonathan Evans is professor in the English Department, professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Linguistics, and director of the medieval studies certificate program at the University of Georgia.

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