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LINGUIST List 17.1910

Thu Jun 29 2006

Books: Language Description/Ling & Literature: Cathey

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Old Saxon: Cathey


Message 1: Old Saxon: Cathey
Date: 28-Jun-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Old Saxon: Cathey


Title: Old Saxon
Series Title: Languages of the World/ Materials 252
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.at

Author: James E Cathey, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Paperback: ISBN: 3895865141 Pages: 60 Price: Europe EURO 36.00
Abstract:

Old Saxon, spoken between approximately the 6th and 11th centuries by an
unknown number of speakers likely in the tens of thousands using several
dialects, is a member of the Western group of Germanic also including Old
Frisian and Old English that was characterized inter alia by a unified
pres. pl. marker and no High German sound shift. Saxon territory was
bounded roughly by the sea coast in the north, where not occupied by
Frisian speakers, and the rivers Rhein and Ysel in the west, Elbe and Saale
in the east, and Lippe and Ruhr in the south.

Old Saxon and Old English were close enough that Anglo-Saxon missionaries
seem to have been able to communicate easily on Saxon territory. The
language is best attested by documents from the 9th C, most prominently by
the so-called HĂȘliand, a story of Christ in 5983 alliterating lines, and
the Old Saxon Genesis in 337 lines. The HĂȘliand, which also shows influence
from East Franconian, is of particular interest as a proselytizing document
which, while being theologically correct, is couched in terms acceptable to
a pre-Christian sensibility of traditional poetics. The Genesis, of which
only a fragment exists, was translated into an Old English version of some
700 surviving lines. Beyond these there are smaller attestations,
including: the so-called Heberollen, which are lists of tithes to churches
or monasteries; blessings; a confession of faith; a renunciation of the
devil; single words in manuscripts written in Latin; and personal and place
names.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                            Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): Old Saxon (osx)

Written In: English (eng )

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