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The Oxford Guide to Middle High German$
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Howard Jones and Martin H. Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199654611.001.0001

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Grammar and Lexis

Grammar and Lexis

(p.19) Chapter 2 Grammar and Lexis
The Oxford Guide to Middle High German

Howard Jones

Martin H. Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter has four sections, ‘Sounds and spelling’ (i.e. phonology and orthography), ‘Inflectional morphology’, ‘Syntax’, and ‘Lexis’ (the last of these covers word formation, borrowing, and vocabulary with meanings peculiar to the period such as dienest, êre, minne, ritter, vrouwe). In each section there is a summary of the main points, followed by detailed advanced paragraphs. The summaries serve as a stand-alone introductory grammar designed to help readers gain a reading knowledge of MHG as quickly as possible, which they can try out on the two introductory texts in Chapter 5. The detailed paragraphs can be used for reference or to gain an overview of particular areas of the language, and include extensive cross references to and from the texts in Chapter 5. The chapter concludes with an overview of the MHG dictionaries that are available on the Internet, in print, and on CD-ROM.

Keywords:   phonology, spelling, inflection, morphology, syntax, lexis, vocabulary, borrowing, dictionaries

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