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PostSubject: Old English discussion   Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:43 pm

Although I can trace my roots back into Denmark and Norway, a much larger part of my roots also come from right here in England! With this and my interest in history, I thought it only natural to learn the language of the Anglo-Saxons, Old English. Does anyone else here have experience with Old English?
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Sun May 01, 2011 4:53 pm

Ic līcie þā ƿord of þæs ȝieddes:

“Cen byþ cwicera gehwam, cuþ on fyre
blac ond beorhtlic, byrneþ oftust
ðær hi æþelingas inne restaþ”

Līcaſt þū?

Ac Ic ne can cierran Brunanburh ȝēn! Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Sun May 08, 2011 1:17 am

I've studied Old English for a few years... and although I have confidence in my pronunciation, I am much better in Old Norse than in Old English.

But yeah, I love Old English poetry. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Sun May 08, 2011 10:38 am

That's one reason I stared learning it! That and I'd like to be competent in the languages of my ancestors and my general interest in history. Hence why I learn Old English, Middle English (especially because of my interest in High Medieval England) and Old Norse.
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Mon May 09, 2011 7:47 pm

Sveinn, I meant to ask you: what are the rules governing the use of the word "a" in OE?

I'm not sure what the word is, if it would even be used, or the declension if it used!
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Mon May 09, 2011 11:33 pm

Are you basically asking "What are the rules of the indefinite case, in Old English?" ? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Tue May 10, 2011 8:13 am

Yes, actually. For example "I have a sword" or something. How would that be said? Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Wed May 11, 2011 10:39 am

Ic hæbbe án sweord.
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Wed May 11, 2011 2:45 pm

Þancie. Is there any declension on the "ān"? I.e. would something like "he sat on a horse" have a differnt "ān"?
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Wed May 11, 2011 3:08 pm

Nei! Always "ān". Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Old English discussion   Wed May 11, 2011 4:51 pm

Easy to remember then Wink

Now to learn how to use the new case that OE has given me...Instrumental case! I hope it's pretty standard; I can't find many declensions for it.
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