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    Bruce Mitchell(Author)

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A Guide to Old English is now the standard and most popular introduction to Old English language and literature. The fifth edition has been revised and corrected to take into account suggestions from teachers and students. The two most important new features are a substantial introduction to Old English metre (Appendix C of Part One) and the addition of Ælfric′s account of Edmund King and Martyr to the prose texts of Part Two.

Key features of Part One are the fact that sound changes are not treated as an abstract system divorced from the texts, but are discussed when they become relevant to an understanding of the apparent irregularities in inflexion; the authoritative section on syntax; and the introduction to Anglo–Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. In Part Two the prose texts selected are those traditionally chosen by teachers precisely because they offer the best introduction to the literature and culture of the period. The verse texts, which with the exception of four extracts from Beowulf are all complete, show something of the range that Old English poetry offers in mood, intensity of feeling, humour, and natural observation. The texts are accompanied by full explanatory notes at the foot of the page and a detailed glossary.

Although most readers of A Guide to Old English will be undergraduate and graduate students, the book has been written so that it can be used by those working on their own who wish simply to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo–Saxons.

"This is still the most comprehensive introduction to Old English available, providing detailed analysis of the language, literature, history, and culture of the Anglo–Saxons. This new edition expands on the changes in languages, and provides additional material on Beowulf." — Stuart Lee , Oxford University "Mitchell and Robinson′sA Guide to Old English , now available in its eighth edition, is an invaluable resource for teaching and delighting students of Old English. It is unsurpassed in its combination of a meticulously scholarly approach with a wide–ranging selection of Old English texts. The authors′ enthusiasm for the subject is evident on every page and carries the reader with it." — Susan Irvine , University College London --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Bruce Mitchell(Author)
  • Wiley-Blackwell; 5th Revised edition edition (25 Nov. 1991)
  • English
  • 6
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  • By Michael J. Hill on 21 August 2016

    Intended for those with some background in linguistics. Well written with many examples. Heavy on morphology rather than history.

  • By boz on 27 October 2015

    Diasappointed with the condition of the book: significant highlighting and annotations and spine broken. Described as good but fair would have been more accurate and a little generous. But at a penny and intended for occasional reference, it will do the job, hence two stars rather than one.

  • By Mrs R on 10 August 2014

    Needed for a study course.

  • By nar33@cam.ac.uk on 18 February 2001

    This book is for students and historians alike. It has so many good qualities........ This book's glossary is fantastic. In Old English, as you're going through those texts, you'll come across the really odd, wierd, twisted subjunctives and past forms that (to be honest) only Old English could have. This book not only has these forms in the glossary, but it tells you what part of speech their in, and what the infinitive is. Translating takes half the time. Stress goes out of the window! This really helps you remember the irregular forms. The Glossary also refers back into the book. Here sections are v. clearly marked, and the grammar is clearly explained. Even if you're not into translating, it's a great historical reference book!


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