An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, by Rolf H. Bremmer Jr.

By Rolf H. Bremmer Jr.

This can be the 1st textual content publication to provide a finished method of outdated Frisian. half One starts off with a succinct survey of the heritage of the Frisians throughout the heart a while, their society and literary tradition. subsequent stick to chapters at the phonology, morphology, be aware formation and syntax of previous Frisian. This half is concluded by means of a bankruptcy at the outdated Frisian dialects and one on difficulties concerning the periodization of Frisian and the shut courting among (Old) Frisian and (Old) English. half comprises a reader with a consultant number of twenty-one texts with explanatory notes and an entire thesaurus. A bibliography and a decide on index whole the publication. Written by means of an skilled instructor and researcher within the box, An advent to outdated Frisian is a necessary source for college kids and researchers of Frisian, previous English and different ‘Old’ Germanic languages and cultures, and for medievalists operating during this region. The moment unrevised 2011 reprint of the unique version comprises numerous corrections.

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The absence of retraction from 5 > a in Old Frisian is different from Old English. Compare OFris slā ‘to strike’ (Gmc *slahan) and OE slēan (< *sl5han), OFris drega ‘to carry’ (< *dragan) and OE dragan. §41 Chronology On the assumption that breaking is a later change, which seems likely, then *5, the fronting product of WGmc *a, did not fall together with WGmc *e until at least after breaking (§48). (6) Palatalization and assibilation of velar plosives §42 Process Palatalization involves the partial assimilation of the velar plosives k and g to adjacent front vowels (though not those front vowels deriving from i-mutaion) and /j/.

Sg), without changing the basic meaning of the word. The alteration between f and v in this pair is therefore not phonemic but allophonic. Phonemes are given between slashes / /, allophones are not. Angular brackets 〈 〉 are used to indicate spelling, while square brackets [ ] indicate pronunciation. We can distinguish between long and short vowels, and long and short consonants. In the notation of the International Phonetical Alphabet (IPA), length is indicated by the symbol ˜ . Traditionally, for the sake of convenience, length of vowels is indicated by a length-mark (‘macron’) placed over the vowel.

There is no palatalization of *g in final position after *i. , skip ‘ship’, biskop ‘bishop’, Frēsisk ‘Frisian’. Chapter II. Phonology §43 Instances a. Initial: *kῑbō- > tsῑve ‘quarrel’, *kinnu- > tsin ‘chin’, *keuk- > tsiāk ‘cheek’, *kerla- > tserl ‘man’, . *geutan > *giāta > iāta ‘to pour’, *gelda- > ield ‘money’, *gasta- > *g5st (fronting, §39) > iest ‘guest’; b. Medial: *i: *(hama-)marki > hemmertse ‘village common’ (once, against frequent hemmerke), *bruki- > bretse ‘breach, fine’, *spr5ˉki > sprētse ‘speach’, *langi- > lendze ‘length’, *hugi> hei ‘mind’; *j: *dῑkjan > dῑtsa ‘to build dikes’, *mangjan > mendza ‘to mingle, mix’, *raikjan > rētsa ‘to reach, hand over’, *saggjan > sedza ‘to say’, *skankjan > skenza ‘to pour’; c.

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