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Ænglisc / Old English - Lesson XVII - Pronouns IV (Interrogative Pronouns)

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Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!

If you missed the previous lesson (3rd Person Pronouns) click here -

Interrogative pronouns are pronouns used to ask questions of identity, such as Modern English "who" and "what" as in "Who are you?" and "What is that animal?" The following are Old English interrogative pronouns:

"Hwā" - "who" (for both Sing. and Plural).

Nom. hwā

Acc. hwone

Gen. hwæs

Dat. hwǣm, hwām

"Hwæt" - "what" (for both Sing. and Plural).

Nom. hwæt

Acc. hwæt

Gen. hwæs

Dat. hwǣm, hwām

Instrum. hwȳ

FOR MORE INFO ON PRONOUNS, CHECK OUT THIS LINK

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September 11, 2016

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

Thank you! I hope that if you haven't already,you will have a look at all the others -especially Duo's trip to Englaland!

Also, I hope you give Leornede Eald Englisc some love :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Serendipous

Can you already read "Beowulf" in the original?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

No, however, I can read the first word (being 'Hƿæt' - 'what' being used as exclamation of 'Lo!'

I'm building up my reading ability from short texts (as Bēoƿulf is over 3300 lines long xD)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Serendipous

I love this word too. And can read it too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Serendipous

That is very kind of you, sir! Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tarjava

What kind of texts or books can you read in Old English? What's the time period for which it is useful to know this language?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

You can read texts like Bēoƿulf, the Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, and Others!

Here is a link to the complete corpus of OE Lit. (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ascp/)

the Time period = 500AD - 1066A.D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tarjava

Oh my. This means I can't read Harry Potter or Tintin in Old English then? :) I've noticed you used ƿ but in the link, the character does not appear. I guess there's been a conversion to a latin alphabet equivalent?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

Firstly, no you cannot read Harry Potter in OE (well, not yet, hut you can read 'Alice in Wonderland' in it :)), and secondly,

ƿ = w (these characters are completely interchangeable), and you can click here for the Old English Keyboard Layout:

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