West Saxon


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West Saxon

n.
1. The dialect of Old English used in southern England that was the chief literary dialect of England before the Norman Conquest.
2. One of the Saxons inhabiting Wessex during the centuries before the Norman Conquest.

West Saxon

adj
1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
3. (Languages) of or relating to Wessex, its inhabitants, or their dialect
n
4. (Languages) the dialect of Old English spoken in Wessex: the chief literary dialect of Old English. See also Anglian, Kentish
5. (Historical Terms) an inhabitant of Wessex
6. (Peoples) an inhabitant of Wessex

West′ Sax′on


n.
1. a native or inhabitant of Wessex.
2. the Old English dialect of Wessex: the standard written language of Anglo-Saxon England after c850 and the medium of nearly all the literary remains of Old English.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to Wessex, the West Saxons, or the dialect West Saxon.
[1350–1400; Middle English, for Old English Westseaxan Wessex; see west, Saxon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.West Saxon - an inhabitant of Wessex
Saxon - a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Angles and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons; dominant in England until the Norman Conquest
2.West Saxon - a literary dialect of Old English
Old English, Anglo-Saxon - English prior to about 1100
3.West Saxon - a dialect of Middle English
Middle English - English from about 1100 to 1450
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Anglo-Saxon Prose, of the West Saxon Period, tenth and eleventh centuries, beginning with King Alfred, 871-901.
Little enough, good father, little enough," said the novice, speaking English with a broad West Saxon drawl.
At the same time, the building of fortifications was also a symbolic act, signalling Harald as the equal of near-contemporary European rulers such as the West Saxon King Alfred and his successors, responsible for the construction of the West Saxon and Mercian burhs, or the Emperor Otto II, who also engaged in fortification building on a significant scale.
KSUAC cooperates with the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau, especially the Kyrgyz-German Department of Computer Science.
Dr Tucker said: "The simplest explanation, given there was no Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Hyde Abbey, is that this bone comes from one of the members of the West Saxon royal family brought to the site.
Northumbrian, Mercian, Kentish and West Saxon were dialects of which early language?
yfelu), and concludes, importantly for the present study, that regular forms prevailed in two Mercian verse texts (the Vespasian Psalter and the Vespasian Hymns) but also that irregular forms prevailed in one West Saxon prose text (AElfred's Cura Pastoralis), as well as that analogical modeling seems to have caused additional regular forms in Mercian and additional irregular forms in West Saxon.
A West Saxon by birth and descent, a West Mercian by upbringing and speech he and his people forged England.
Cultivating fields that their colleague Reuter had plowed before dying suddenly, medievalists explore problems in comparative history, Charlemagne and the paradoxes of power, the aetheling Aethelwold and West Saxon royal succession 899-902, the Sonderweg and other myths in Ottonian history, Henry II and Frederick Barbarossa as seen by their contemporaries, the ideology of the 10th-century Benedictine reform, chapters in the life of archbishop Daibert, editing a medieval text as demonstrated on work by Nicholas of Clairvaux, and Timothy Reuter and the edition of Wibald of Stavelot's letter collection for the Momumenta Germaniae Historica.
This reflects the interests of the late Patrick Wormald, who originally convened the papers that these articles develop; for Wormald understood that the West Saxon legal and monastic reform was built on Carolingian precedents.
The structure of the book is twofold: part I explores Alfred's administration of power against the backdrop of West Saxon political structures.
They built the city and first cathedral at Durham to guard Cuthbert's body, and they fought a 200 year-long rearguard action to preserve Northumbrian identity against Viking, Scot, West Saxon and Norman.