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Macmillan Higher Education

Beginning Old English (2nd Edition)

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This basic introduction to Old English is an essential guide for students with little or no linguistic knowledge. Unlike other textbooks on the subject, Beginning Old English focuses on the explanation and demonstration of...

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This basic introduction to Old English is an essential guide for students with little or no linguistic knowledge. Unlike other textbooks on the subject, Beginning Old English focuses on the explanation and demonstration of how the language works, using accessible illustrations from simplified Old English texts and showing how many features of present-day English have their roots in this stage of the language.

Beginning Old English
- builds up reading skills by using simple texts to support the acquisition of key vocabulary and to develop awareness of language structure
- offers an introduction to the conventions of Old English poetry and how they are realised across different genres: religious verse, riddles, elegies and heroic poetry
- explores issues in the translation of Old English verse
- guides the reader through four major texts: Cynewulf and Cyneheard, Beowulf (extract), The Battle of Maldon and The Dream of the Rood
- features activities, glossaries, illustrations and a Further Reading section.

Concise and approachable, this invaluable text will appeal to anyone with an interest in the early history of English language and literature.

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Assumes no previous linguistic knowledge
Second edition updated and revised to take advantage of the availability of digital and online resources, such as the Electronic Beowulf and Learning with the Online Thesaurus of Old English
A new chapter, Introducing Old English Prose, added to Part I, complements the existing chapter on Introducing Old English Poetry, by analysing the extent to which different prose genres draw on the techniques of poetry
Two new texts, The Ruin and ?lfric's Life of St ?thelthryth, have been added to Part II, which provides graded readings from simplified texts to canonical works in Old English (contains long extracts from Beowulf, Cynewulf and Cyneheard, The Battle of Maldon and The Dream of the Rood)

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
PART I
Origins
Recognising Old English Words
People and Things
Place, Time, Manner and Reason
Actions and Events
Introducing Old English Poetry
Translating Old English Poetry: Beowulf
Introducing Old English Prose
PART II
Introduction
Text A: Cynewulf and Cyneheard
Text B: Beowulf, lines 710-836
Text C: The Battle of Maldon
Text D: The Dream of the Rood
Text E: The Ruin
Text F: Ælfric's Life of St Æthelthryth
Concluding Remarks
Glossary of Technical Terms
Appendix: Old English Paradigms
Further Reading
Index.

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Carole Hough is Professor of Onomastics at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has published extensively on Old English and related subjects, and is Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.
 
John Corbett is Professor of English at the University of Macau. He has written widely on English and Scottish language and literature, and is Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

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Carole Hough is Professor of Onomastics at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has published extensively on Old English and related subjects, and is Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.
 
John Corbett is Professor of English at the University of Macau. He has written widely on English and Scottish language and literature, and is Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

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