Sample Paper on Analysis of Old English/Anglo-Saxon Influence in Modern Fiction/Film

comparing percentage of native vs borrowed

            ”My gown is silent as I thread from the sea, hunt old buildings or thread the land. Sometimes my song court and the supple wind cuddle me high over the homes of men and the power of cloud carries me windward over cities. Then my bright silks resound and ring while I sail on untouched by earth a spirit ghost and guest and wing” (Poem known as riddle 5).

From the article, there are combinations of native and borrowed words. The percentages of native words are 60% and the borrowed words are 40%.

Set of Old English runic inscriptions

One of the English old words is built to mean flourish. This word originated from one of the works of one of the authors to write articles related to monsters. The other borrowed word is Search to mean treachery or cunning.

When specific words appeared in English

The word Rucksack meaning backpack is a word of German descend which was developed in the early 21st century. In addition, there is also the word to plunder which means taking goods by force. It also originated from German descent in the mid 19th century. The development of these words was because they had relevance to English thus making them be considered as English words.

Thesaurus of Old English, whether the words in the topics changed or are still being used

One of the topics related to the thesaurus of old English is the analysis of the ‘early life of animals and particularly the mouse’ the word which has changed and now fits as an English word is mus to mean mouse.

Compare different modern translations/versions

The old English word whether currently means wench the version now means a female child. There is also the English word by fathom, originally the word meant to encircle in the arm but currently, the word means the understanding of different concepts.