Category Archives: Gothic

U of T now has online Gothic and Hittie courses

The “Early Indo-European Languages Online” site at the A. Richard Diebold Center for Indo-European Language and Culture, Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas at Austin (what a mouthful) has now added little Gothic and Hittite courses to the already abundant materials they offered. For some reason the Gothic course isn’t linked to from the main page. Perhaps it is still in the early stages of development, but what’s already there is quite useful.

Some simple Gothic info

Nancy Thuleen, a teacher of German language to undergraduates at University of Wisconsin – Madison, is also a fan of Gothic. As part of her studies in a graduate Gothic course, she wrote three texts which should prove interesting to neophytes: Gothic Nominal Declension: Variation in Proper Nouns (written with Mike Lind), ‘Gothic Miscellany: Vowels, Grimm’s Law, Syntax, and Devoicing’ and ‘Essaychen: Non-Codex Materials’.

Gothic bible online

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the online Wright grammar of the Gothic language, I should also mention that the Gothic Bible is online as well. The Wulfila project, ‘a small digital library dedicated to the study of the Gothic language and Old Germanic languages in general’, provides the Gothic text with English translation and Greek original.

The Wulfila project also contains some general information about Gothic and links to some useful sites.

Wright’s Gothic grammar

The Germanic Lexicon Project at University of Pennsylvania is in the processing of providing Wright’s Grammar of the Gothic Language (Oxford University Press, 1910) online. The entire book is available in image format, and an uncorrected text is available in HTML. I’ve often consulted Wright in my university library, and considering its age it is still suprisingly useful. Certainly a much more enjoyable read than Bennet’s Introduction to the Gothic Language (Modern Language Association of America, 1999).

However, the Wright project appears to move very slowly, and six years after its start the entire text is still not available in convenient HTML. There’s also no way, apparently, to download all the image files in one go. If anyone finds out how to acheive this with the ‘wget’ command on Unix-like platforms, please let me know.