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The Germanic Languages

The Germanic Languages

by Ekkehard Konig and Johan Van Der Auwera

- a good introduction to the Germanic languages containing information about the history, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexiography and dialects of Gothic, Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Yiddish, Pennsylvania German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Frisian, English and Germanic Creoles

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Old English and Its Closest Relatives

Old English and Its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

by Orrin W. Robinson

- an interesting introduction to Gothic, Old Norse, Old English, Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Low Franconian and Old Frisian with example texts and historical background to each language.

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History of the German Language

History of the German Language: With Special Reference to the Cultural and Social Forces That Shaped the Standard Literary Language

by Gunhild Prowe and Jill Schneider (Editors)

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An Introduction to the Gothic Language

An Introduction to the Gothic Language

by William Holmes Bennett

- a good introduction to Gothic which covers the grammar, phonology and history of the language. Also includes many exercises, texts, a Gothic-English dictionary, and a good bibliography.

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Information about Gothic| Tower of Babel in Gothic | Gothic books


An Introduction to Old Norse

by Eric V. Gordon

- this is a reader for those who have already learned the basics of Old Norse. Includes a brief introduction to Scandinavian history, the Viking expansion, and saga literature, an outline of Old Norse grammar, and about 160 pages of West Norse (Old Icelandic) texts. Most of the selections are from the sagas, and they are well annotated, and a full vocabulary is included in the back of the book. There is also a section on "East Norse" (the Old Norse particular to Denmark, Norway and Sweden), and a small section dealing with the language of the runic inscriptions.

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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction

by Heather O'Donoghue

- a fascinating introduction into the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. In addition to mythology and family sagas, it also covers lesser-known areas such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse. This book describes the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland which helps appreciate the background against which this literature was produced.

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A New Introduction to Old Norse: Grammar

A New Introduction to Old Norse: Grammar

by Michael Barnes (Editor)

 

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Information about Old Norse | Tower of Babel in Old Norse | Old Norse language courses

Language courses in Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Old English / Anglo-Saxon, Scots, Swedish, Yiddish

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