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LINGUIST List 17.1855

Thu Jun 22 2006

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax: Davis

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        1.    Philipp Waelle, Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic: Davis


Message 1: Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic: Davis
Date: 21-Jun-2006
From: Philipp Waelle <p.waellepeterlang.com>
Subject: Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic: Davis


Title: Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic
Subtitle: Linguistic, Literary and Historical Implications
Series Title: Studies in Historical Linguistics. Vol. 1
Published: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vLang=E&vID=10270

Author: Graeme Davis, Northumbria University
Paperback: ISBN: 3039102702 Pages: 190 Price: U.K. £ 25.50
Paperback: ISBN: 3039102702 Pages: 190 Price: U.S. $ 43.95
Paperback: ISBN: 3039102702 Pages: 190 Price: Europe EURO 36.40 Comment: for Germany and Austria EURO 38.90 (incl. VAT)
Abstract:

Study of the syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic has for long been
dominated by the impressions of early philologists. Their assertions that
these languages were "free" in their word-order were for many years
unchallenged. Only within the last two decades has it been demonstrated
that the word-order of each shows regular patterns which approach the
status of rules, and which may be precisely described.

This book takes the subject one step further by offering a comparison of
the syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic, the two best-preserved Old
Germanic languages. Overwhelmingly, the two languages show the same
word-order patterns - as do the other Old Germanic languages, at least as
far as can be determined from the fragments which have survived. It has
long been recognised that Old English and Old Icelandic have a high
proportion of common lexis and very similar morphology, yet the convention
has been to emphasise the differences between the two as representatives
respectively of the West and North sub-families of Germanic.

The argument of this book is that the similar word-order of the two should
instead lead us to stress the similarities between the two languages. Old
English and Old Icelandic were sufficiently close to be mutually
comprehensible. This thesis receives copious support from historical and
literary texts. Our understanding of the Old Germanic world should be
modified by the concept of a common "Northern Speech" which provided a
common Germanic ethnic identity and a platform for the free flow of
cultural ideas.

Contents:

- Old English, Anglo-Saxon
- Old Icelandic, Old Norse
- Old High German, Gothic, Norn
- Syntax, word-order, Germanic philology, comparative philology.

The Author:
Graeme Davis is Principal Lecturer in English Language at Northumbria
University, UK. Following a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Philology from the
University of St Andrews, UK, he has worked in the field of early mediaeval
Germanic syntax, developing tools for describing and comparing word-order
patterns.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Gothic (got)
                            Old English (ang)
                            Old High German (goh)
                            Old Norse (non)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=19975


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