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Beowulf. The student's dictionary of Anglo-Saxon. E-Intro to Old English - 2. Pronunciation. 2.1.

E-Intro to Old English - 2. Pronunciation

Quick start No one knows exactly how Old English sounded, for no native speakers survive to inform us. Lesson 0: Alphabet and Pronunciation. Alphabet: The earliest appearances of the Old English language are found in inscriptions written using the runic Futhoric alphabet.

Lesson 0: Alphabet and Pronunciation

The letters, their names, and the meaning of the names can be viewed in the image on the left. There is in fact a mnemonic poem in Old English for the Anglo-Saxon runes. Once Old English started to be used more commonly for writing, the Roman alphabet was adopted and adapted. The grapheme Æ/æ (called ‘ash’), earlier used by scribes to represent the Latin diphthong ae, came to stand as a full letter on its own.

Old English, Anglo-Saxon on line dictionary. The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (in Anglo-Saxon)