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Stephen J. Harris
Dept. of English, South College
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amhert, MA 01003

Welcome. This site has three main sections: classes, resources, and grammar.

In classes you will find your course syllabus, readings, and links. Resources includes a very limited help section. Handouts has most of my course handouts, charts, and pre-publication articles in one spot. The grammar section includes Professor Michael Drout's King Alfred's Grammar, an on-line introduction to Old English. There is also a detailed grammar chart, and the beginnings of a Natural Language Parser for Old English.

In all cases, this website is an integral part of your classes. If you cannot regularly access the web, please let me know. Please read this warning if you are taking a course from me.

All material is © Stephen J. Harris 2022–23 unless otherwise noted. The image above is part of a wall chart of the history of the English language by Jennifer Goodheart. These pages do not reflect the views nor is their content the responsibility of the University of Massachusetts.

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-- Exeter Riddle 42

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-- Pascal

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From an 11th-century manuscript.

"Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses in order to justify his logic."
-- Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground

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-- Goethe, Nachlass