OЕ morphology. OЕ syntax. (Lecture 2)
1. LECTURE 2OE Morphology.
2. An Outline1.
Grammatical categories of the Noun in OE
The Grammatical Categories of the Adjective
Grammatical Categories of the Verb in OE
The Morphological Classification of the OE
Principal Features of OE Syntax
language and PG had retained
inflections to a greater a lesser
In grammar, OE carried out some
simplifications of the PG system
4. Noun Grammatical categories:Case
5. The Category of Case4 cases:
Nominative (the subject case),
Accusative ( the object case),
Genitive (indicating possession)
Dative (used after most prepositions
and also as the indirect object).
6. The Category of NumberNominative
Sg. and Pl.
7. The Category of GenderMFN
Present-day English has only natural
Gender in OE is grammatical.
Cf. OE moegden (girl), wīf (wife),
bearn (child, son), and cild (child)
are in fact neuter.
8. Noun declensionsA group of nouns which all have
the same set of inflexions attached
to them are the members of a
9. Types of declensions in OE:strong declension
10. strong declensiona-stems,
11. strong declension (a-stems masculine)Singular
important declension for the later
history of the language.
Cf. ModE stones – OE stānas
the plural inflexion -as is the
antecedent of the modern standard
13. weak declensionn-stems nouns
This declension gave the later
Cf. ModE oxen ( < OE oxan)
15. Root declensionIts most obvious characteristic
is that they should have shown
it is the source of irregular plurals;
PDE foot ~ feet, man ~ men, goose
17. OE AdjectivesGrammatical categories:
Degrees of comparison.
Declensions: strong and weak.
18. OE VerbThe categories of OE Verb:
The category of Person (three persons)
The category of Number (two
The category of Mood (three moods)
The category of Tense (present and
19. The progressive constructions:Cf. Europe hio onginð... of Danai
þære ie, seo is irnende of
Europe she begins... from Don that
river, that is running from
20. The perfect and plusperfect constructionsCf. Ic hæbbe gebunden þone
I have bound that enemy”
21. Passive constructionsOE he gefeaht wiþ Gotan, & gefliemed
weard & bedrifen on anne tun
he fought against Goths and put-toflight was and driven into one fortress
PDE: he fought against the Goths and
was put to flight and driven into
22. Morphological classes of OE verbsstrong,
languages was the division of the
verb into two great classes: the
weak and the strong verbs.
24. Strong verbs7 classes or “ablaut series”
Four forms: the infinitive, the
past singular, the past plural, and
the past participle.
Their major categories are formed
by root-vowel alternations (ablaut).
II. cēosan cēas
III. helpan healp hulpon holpen
IV. beran bær boren
V. sprecan spræc sprecen
VI. faran fōr fōron faren
VII. feallan fēoll fēollon feallen
26. Weak verbsThree forms: present infinitive;
past tense; past participle.
They form these forms by
means of the dental suffixes.
28. OE SyntaxOE was a highly inflected language.
Meaning was determined by case
endings: that is, the relationship
among words in a sentence was
determined not by the word in the
sentence, but by the special endings
of the words