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Old English Grammar & Syntax

 

Old English vs. Modern English

 
 
 
  • Modern English grammar displays minimal inflection compared with most other Indo-European languages

 
  • For example, Modern English, unlike Modern German or Dutch and the Romance languages, lacks grammatical gender and adjectival agreement

 
  • Case marking has almost disappeared from Modern English and mainly survives in pronouns

 
  • The patterning of strong (e.g. speak/spoke/spoken) versus weak verbs inherited from Germanic has declined in importance on the way from Old English to Modern English

 
  • As inflection has declined in importance in English, the language has developed a greater reliance on features such as modal verbs and word order to convey grammatical information

 

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OLD ENGLISH GRAMMAR & SYNTAX

  Old English vs. Modern English

  Word Order in Modern English

  Old English Syntax

  Examples of Old English Word Order

  Characteristics of OE Word Order

  Change in Word Order Patterns

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  The Origins of Old English

  Main Influences on Old English

  The Lord's Prayer in Old English

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