Old English

Module code: EN7235

Module co-ordinator: Dr Philip A Shaw

Topics covered in this module include noun, pronoun, and definite article inflections; syllable length and structure; i-mutation; verb inflections (weak and strong); breaking; palatal diphthongisation; adjective inflections; translation techniques; dialects; metre; and linguistic analysis.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to...

  • Read and translate Old English
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Old English inflections
  • Describe morphology and related phonological processes
  • Employ Old English dictionaries and grammars effectively in studying Old English language
  • Analyse aspects of Old English lexis, morphology, phonology, and metrics


  • This module is taught through weekly seminars.


  • Online tests (20%)
  • A 3,200-word translation and linguistic commentary (80%)

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