Old English: A Linguistic Introduction

Old English A Linguistic Introduction Old English provides a clear linguistic introduction to English between the th century and the Norman invasion in Tailored to suit the needs of individual course modules it assumes no prior kno

  • Title: Old English: A Linguistic Introduction
  • Author: Jeremy J. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780521685696
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • Old English provides a clear linguistic introduction to English between the 5th century and the Norman invasion in 1066 Tailored to suit the needs of individual course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner, making it the ideal beginners text Students are guided step by step through the main characOld English provides a clear linguistic introduction to English between the 5th century and the Norman invasion in 1066 Tailored to suit the needs of individual course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner, making it the ideal beginners text Students are guided step by step through the main characteristics and developments of English during that period, aided by concise chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive glossary Each chapter is accompanied by an engaging set of exercises and discussion questions based on authentic Anglo Saxon texts, encouraging students to consolidate their learning, and providing essential self study material The book is accompanied by a companion website, featuring solutions to the exercises and useful additional resources Providing essential knowledge and skills for those embarking on the study of Old English, it is set to become the leading introduction to the subject.

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    1. I am always interested to read language introductions written from the perspective of modern linguistics. Such introductions are relatively rare, however, especially for "dead" languages, so it was a pleasure to find that this introduction to Old English is solidly founded in the contemporary approach to language. In my view it gains by this a surprising clarity and coverage for such a brief overview of Old English. Perhaps this is more helpful if you have a background in linguistics, as I do; b [...]

    2. Most publications from Cambridge University Press titled "X: a Linguistic Introduction" (see e.g. previous volumes on Maori, Chinese, German, Romani, etc.) allow a reader with an extensive background in linguistics to quickly get up to speed with the grammar and sociolinguistics of the given language. Jeremy J. Smith's OLD ENGLISH: A Linguistic Introduction is very different.Smith's overview has been conceived mainly for an undergraduate readership and takes the form of a textbook, complete with [...]

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