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A Gentle Introduction to Old English
Author: Murray McGillivray

ISBN: 9781551118413
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 5 December 2010
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2
"If the magister in Ælfric's Colloquy shows himself more than willing to apply the rod, teachers of Old English today, one hopes, have carrots to entice modern students, as well as sticks with which to discipline them. Murray McGillivary's Gentle Introduction to Old English brings a refreshing perspective on the traditional carrots (actual Old English readings) and sticks (paradigms to memorize) that have long characterized the teaching of Old English. McGillivray's approach should ease modern students into the grammatical paradigms of Anglo-Saxon that have long frightened many a beginning learner of the language. And the readers who make it to the end will have also made it through the whole of Ælfric's Colloquy, having enjoyed the rewards of the reading while enduring less pain from the paradigms themselves than many an earlier generation of students."---Thomas Bredehoft, West Virginia University

"This timely and welcome textbook fields the neglected middle ground where twenty-first-century students of Old English increasingly huddle: eager, culturally savvy, but unaware of the rudiments of linguistic ter...

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