|hu sliþen bið|
sorg to geferan
þam þe him lyt hafað
|'how cruel is|
sorrow as a companion
to the one who has few
(The Wanderer, lines 29-31, from a late 10th century manuscript)
Dictionary of Old English to publish letter H
2015 was a remarkable year for the Dictionary of Old English (DOE). The annual progress report for 2015 projects completion of the letter H, presents system upgrades, and announces important staff changes.
“A word is born” - a virtual exhibit created by the DOE in 2014
The 2014 Dictionary of Old English (DOE) progress report describes progress on the letter H, coordination with the Middle English Dictionary, and the creation of the virtual exhibit A Word is Born. Some notable retirements took place. Toni Healey, David McDougall, and Ian McDougall have stepped away after each devoting over 30 years of their lives to the DOE.
Article for Friday 24 March 2017
Apollonius returns to Tarsis
(from a 15th c. manuscript, ÖNB 2886, f. 9r)
Apollonius of Tyre is the first fictional prose text of the English language. Why this fictional text was translated from Latin into the Anglo-Saxon vernacular remains a mystery.
Old English Language
An Old English dictionary that's easy to use and accurate
Old-Engli.sh offers its own dictionary page. This online Old to Modern English glossary is simple, comprehensive and ideally suited for the translation of original Old English texts.
Produced in 1992
Before Babel A BBC-Horizon documentary
A BBC documentary on language reconstruction, the discovery of the Indo-European language family (of which (Old) English is a member), the hypothesis of language superfamilies and the notion of a mother tongue of all human languages spoken today.
Old English Language Study - Other
TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland
The professional organisation of Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI) aims to support the teaching of Old English in British and Irish Universities and to promote the public image of Old English. The organisation offers a yearly newsletter, conferences and study resources.