English | Introduction to Old English
G601 | 16254 | Fulk


5:45p – 7:00p TR

This course is designed to provide all the language background
necessary for the professional study of Old English texts, including
the essentials of Old English phonology, morphology, syntax,
semantics, and dialect variation.  But it also demands some
attention to the history and prehistory of the language,
particularly its phonology.  And so the normal business of the
course will be the day-to-day translation of texts in class,
supplemented by lectures on the structure and history of the
language.  We will be reading texts in prose and verse and studying
such aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture as runic inscriptions, the
making of manuscripts, survivals of pagan and folkloristic belief,
and the history of the period, especially the devastating Viking
invasions.  But this is primarily a language course, so most of our
time will be devoted to studying the structure of the Old English
language.  There will be two or three examinations, along with some
shorter assignments, and a final project that will involve a paper
of no more than ten pages.  The textbooks will be John C. Pope's
Eight Old English Poems and Dorothy Whitelock’s revision of Sweet’s
Anglo-Saxon Reader, supplemented by a course packet containing an
Old English grammar and reading selections.  Meets with G405.