Old Engli.sh

The Portal to the Language of the Anglo-Saxons

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The website www.Old-Engli.sh is dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon language. It offers study tools, news on current linguistic research and resource development, a link directory, text editions, trivia articles and more.
About the Anglo-Saxon Language

Old English (OE) is the term used collectively for the earliest dialects of the English language, spoken by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes in England from c. 400-1150. The first OE records date from c. 700 and all in all more than 1,000,000 word tokens in over 400 manuscripts have come down to us. OE prose boasts a wide variety of genres, ranging from legal and religious texts over historical, medical or scientific writing to fiction. The surviving OE poems, such as Beowulf or the Battle of Maldon, are among the finest examples of early Germanic legend and heroic poetry.
About Me

I'm a lecturer in English language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester. I'm maintaining this webpage on the side as a hobby. You can find out more about me by clicking on the My Research tab in the top menu.


Welcome to Old-Engli.sh!


Þu scealt gelome gelæran and tæcan.
'You should often give lore and teach.'
(Instructions for Christians, line 75, 12th century manuscript)



The latest Old-Engli.sh News

February 2021
Cartulary of Saint Albans image detail
Manuscript Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, 7965-73, f. 165r - a seventeenth century transcript of Old English charters now included in the Dictionary of Old English Corpus
As a dead language, Old English has a finite number of text sources its native speakers wrote while they were alive. The only way to enlarge the Old English corpus is therefore to discover new manuscripts of previously unknown texts. Such discoveries are extremely rare and noteworthy events. Yet, the DOE’s Corpus of Old English has just accomplished such a feat – several new texts comprising thousands of words were added to their database in 2019.


December 2020
Epinal Erfurt Glossary Dictionary of Old English
A page from the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary (CCCC 144) - the DOE is now hosting a free online edition of this document
The annual progress report of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) for 2019 is out, and the developments at the project are as inspiring and innovative as ever. Work is progressing on the letter L and the DOE website now hosts a brand-new edition of the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary.


Old English Trivia of the Day

Article for Monday 27 September 2021
Wales beach and flag
Where does the name 'Wales' come from?
The Old English vocabulary had a word for 'foreigner' which is the ancestor of the Modern names Wales and Welsh.


Study Anglo-Saxon!

Old English Language
old-english dictionary anglo-saxon lexicon
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.


Old English Documentaries

Produced in 2003
Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons DVD cover
DVD cover of the 2007 DVD release
A BBC4 documentary about one of the British Library's most valuable gems: the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. This 60 minute program explores the epic poem, its preservation and re-discovery by Tolkien.


Today's Featured Link

Old English Projects
Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England
The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) is a database which aims to provide structured information relating to all the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the late eleventh century. It is based on a systematic examination of the available written sources for the period, including chronicles, saints’ Lives, charters, libri vitae, inscriptions, Domesday Book and coins. The database can be searched for texts, persons, events, locationans and much more.
http://www.pase.ac.uk/index.html
Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


Find here a collection of free, downloadable Old English text editions and translations, including Apollonius of Tyre. Ælfric's Catholic Homilies, Biblical Translations, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and many other texts. Continue...