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Old English - a linguistic introduction
J. J. Smith
Cambridge University Press
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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 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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Jeremy J. Smith is Professor of English Philology in the Department of English Language at the University of Glasgow. His recent publications include Sound Change and the History of English (2007), Essentials of Early English, 2nd edition, 2005) and An Introduction to Middle English (with S. Horobin, 2002).

'A much-needed tool for students, which contextualises Old English language and literature and introduces students to linguistic terminology in a friendly and informative way.' Bernard J. Muir, University of Melbourne

'[Old English] is both a comprehensive and impressively concise introduction to the earliest form of our language.' BAAL News (newsletter of the British Association of Applied Linguistics)

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English language - Old English, ca. 450-1100.
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