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Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198111788
ISBN-10: 0198111789
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About the Author

Henry Sweet (1845-1912) was a philologist, and is also considered to be an early linguist. He specialized in the Germanic languages, particularly Anglo-Saxon (an early version of English), Old Icelandic, and West Saxon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 9 edition (April 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198111789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198111788
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an indispensible resource for anyone willing (or made) to learn Old English. Besides providing some texts for reading together with the glossary (rather typical for a primer, eh?) it also has a section (comprising HALF of the whole volume!) on grammar, which I find especially good. It is on par with a classic such as Quirk's "Old English Grammar", the major difference being only in the phonology section. Overall, a very good buy - my only reservation is that there could be more texts... I am hard to satisfy.
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Norman Davis' revision of Henry Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer has often been overlooked by those who teach and those who would learn the elements of Old English. As a textbook, Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer provides basic knowledge of Anglo Saxon that enables its readers to access the larger corpus of Old English material. Although a "condensed" grammar and reader, it is nonetheless highly useful. Its reissue attests to that fact.
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George Bernard Shaw's famous play, Pygmalion (better known as My Fair Lady), is based largely on the personality of Henry Sweet. Shaw calls him Henry Higgins in the play. George Bernard Shaw considered Henry Sweet to be one of the most brilliant men of his time but his social skills were somewhat lacking. The book is in great condition and is a treasured part of my collection.

The photo is Rex Harrison playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.
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Thorough analysis.
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Good Book, but you need to know French, German, and Latin to follow it.
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