The Old English Alphabet

Old English texts were copied in manuscripts by scribes. These scribes used an alphabet based on the Latin alphabet, but with some native additions and occasionally runes… Read the rest of this entry »

Basic Old English Grammar

Old English and Modern English can be deceptively similar from a syntactic point of view. In particular, word order frequently is the same in the two languages (though Old English is actually probably closer in some aspects of its word order to other Low German languages such as Dutch). This means that it is often possible to translate simple declarative sentences from Old English by simply looking up the meaning of each word in a dictionary… Read the rest of this entry »

The Pronunciation of Old English

The sounds of Old English should not prove difficult, with a few exceptions, for speakers of Modern English. It can be hard at first to get used to some of the spelling conventions, such as the fact that all letters—including final e—are pronounced; but on the whole Old English does not have many sounds that are not the same as in Modern English, and, in most cases, indicated by the same letters… Read the rest of this entry »

Using the M-Audio Audiophile USB Digital Audio Interface with Linux [10]

A guide to setting up the M-Audio Audiophile USB Digital-Analogue Interface/Sound Card for use with Linux, ALSA, and JACK to enable relatively high quality voice recording.

How to save PDF forms without buying proprietary software such as Adobe Acrobat [3]

Portable Document Format forms are a fact of life. Many government and university agencies use them, so I am filling them out all the time. An extremely annoying thing about them, however, is that Adobe does not allow users of its free reader software to save form content electronically…

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