[CHAPTER FIVE]

Chapter 4: Old English: 450-1150

This chapter will focus on the characteristics of Old English, including the extant written sources, spelling, and the runic alphabet. In addition, we will consider (and listen to) the sounds of Old English, discuss its Old English, including the system of endings. Old English vocabulary is very interesting and creative, as we will see. Dialects will be discussed briefly, and the chapter will conclude with several well-known Old English texts to be read and analyzed.


Useful Links

Manuscripts

Audio & Pronunciation

Old English Grammar

Archeology and maps

Lexicon

Texts

Mark Davies' Polyglot Bible has versions of Luke in many different languages. You can compare Old to Middle to Modern English.
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