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Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book with Inflections, Syntax, Selections for Reading, and Glossary   By: (1864-1924)

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[Transcriber's Note:

This text is intended for users whose text readers cannot use the "real" (Unicode/UTF 8) version of the file. Characters that could not be fully displayed are shown in alternative forms:

Ââ Êê Îî Ôô Ûû (circumflex in place of macron or "long" mark; the circumflex in its own right does not occur) y: Æ: æ: (long y and æ; the sequence "y:" does not occur in the Old English material, and "æ:" does not occur at all)

Characters with more than one diacritic (rare), and some less common combinations such as accented æ, are shown "top to bottom" in brackets: [´â] [´æ] (long a with accent, æ with accent). Greek words (also rare) have been transliterated and shown between marks; there should be no confusion between this and the as printed.

The short vowels e and o are sometimes shown with ogonek (reversed cedilla). In the introductory section on vowel sounds, and in the overall Glossary, these are shown as [E,] [e,] [O,] [o,]. Elsewhere the ogonek was simply omitted; there are no minimal pairs (different words distinguished only by this sign).

See the Poetry section (between V and VI in Part III, Readings) for display of characters specific to that section.

Italics are shown with lines . Boldface is shown with hash marks. In the printed book, boldface was used for all Anglo Saxon other than exercises and reading passages; it has been omitted from the e text except when necessary for clarity.

In references to numbered Sections, "Note" may mean either an inset Note or a footnote.

In the prose reading selections (pages 99 121), page numbers and line breaks have been retained for use with the linenotes and Glossary. Page numbers are shown in [[double brackets]]. In the verse selections, line numbers in the notes have been replaced with line numbers from the original texts, printed in brackets as shown. The distinction between linenotes and numbered footnotes is in the original.

Single brackets [] and asterisks are in the original, as are the symbols = < >. Text in [[double brackets]] was added by the transcriber.]



With Inflections, Syntax, Selections for Reading, and Glossary



Late Professor of English in the United States Naval Academy

ALLYN and BACON Boston New York Chicago Atlanta San Francisco

Copyright, 1896, by C. ALPHONSO SMITH.


Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.


The scope of this book is indicated in § 5. It is intended for beginners, and in writing it, these words of Sir Thomas Elyot have not been forgotten: "Grammer, beinge but an introduction to the understandinge of autors, if it be made to longe or exquisite to the lerner, it in a maner mortifieth his corage: And by that time he cometh to the most swete and pleasant redinge of olde autors, the sparkes of fervent desire of lernynge are extincte with the burdone of grammer, lyke as a lyttell fyre is sone quenched with a great heape of small stickes." The Governour , Cap. X.

Only the essentials, therefore, are treated in this work, which is planned more as a foundation for the study of Modern English grammar, of historical English grammar, and of the principles of English etymology, than as a general introduction to Germanic philology.

The Exercises in translation will, it is believed, furnish all the drill necessary to enable the student to retain the forms and constructions given in the various chapters.

The Selections for Reading relate to the history and literature of King Alfred's day, and are sufficient to give the student a first hand, though brief, acquaintance with the native style and idiom of Early West Saxon prose in its golden age... Continue reading book >>

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