1st Edition

Old English and its Closest Relatives
A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

ISBN 9780415104067
Published May 12, 1994 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

This accessible introductory reference source surveys the linguistic and cultural background of the earliest known Germanic languages and examines their similarities and differences. The Languages covered include:Gothic Old Norse Old SaxonOld English Old Low Franconian Old High German Written in a lively style, each chapter opens with a brief cultural history of the people who used the language, followed by selected authentic and translated texts and an examination of particular areas including grammar, pronunciation, lexis, dialect variation and borrowing, textual transmission, analogy and drift.


`Robinson has been very successful in attaining his main aim, viz. to compile an accessible book for beginners on the earliest Germanic languages with texts, grammar and background information - a remarkable achievement, in my view.'