Germanic Languages | Old Saxon
G639 | 2644 | Gade


Three credit hour course meets; 4:00-6:30, R in BH 345

The purpose of the course is to study Old Saxon as a West Germanic dialect; that
is, with emphasis on its relations to the Old High German and Old English
dialects. The readings will mainly be from the Heliand, and special attention
will be given to problems of manuscript transmission, "Heimat des Dichters,"
metrics, and dialect mixture. Discussions of Old Saxon linguistic peculiarities
(phonology, morphology, syntax) will be held within a comparative frame (Old
High German, Old English, Old Norse, Gothic) in conjunction with the
translations (as the features emerge in the texts). The final grade will be
based on class participation, a midterm, a final, and an oral report.