Germanic programme

The Germanic Programme of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics will consist of the following courses:

Time schedule

Timeslot 1 (9.30 - 11.00)
K. Dekker: Old Saxon

Timeslot 2 (11.30 - 13.00)
R. Bremmer: Old English 

Timeslot 3 (14.00 - 15.30)
A. Quak: Old Norse

Timeslot 4 (16.00 - 17.30)
G. Kroonen: Historical Morphology of the Germanic languages

Old Saxon (9.30 - 11.00)

Kees Dekker (Groningen)


In this course we will study Old Saxon, a Germanic language spoken in Northern Germany and the east of the Netherlands, in the Early Middle Ages. With the help of texts such as the Heliand, the Old Saxon Genesis and even two charms, we will investigate the Old Saxon language as a West Germanic dialect with close ties to Old English, Old Frisian and Old High German. In addition to studying aspects of the phonology, morphology and syntax of Old Saxon, we will also read texts and look at the lexicon of the Heliand, a Germanic epic with a Christian theme.



There will be short daily homework assignments in preparing the texts.



James E. Cathey, ed., Heliand: Text and Commentary. West Virginia University Press, 2002, as well as a series of handouts.