English | Medieval Languages
G601 | 31572 | Fulk

G601 31572  FULK (#6 & Pre-1800)
Medieval Languages

4:00p – 5:15p TR


The course this semester is an introduction to Old English. The
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
an Old English grammar available through Oncourse.