The Value of Gothic for English Language Teaching

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Gothic is the earliest Germanic language to appear in extensive specimens, thus creating a starting point for any comparative analysis within the Germanic group. In this respect, the paper plans to present a few notes on the importance of the Gothic language for English studies, English language teaching (ELT) in particular. Unlike most treatises, taking advantage of Gothic for theoretical purposes of comparative grammar, the author of the present paper approaches the topic from lexical perspectives, and outlines the application potential of Gothic within teaching tertiary-level students English language, history and culture. He attempts to provide a few etymological examples that would illustrate how close the language systems of Gothic and (Old) English are to each other. As words disclose much about the history and culture of the people who employ them, the paper also reports on selected aspects of the life of Germanic peoples, including the Anglo-Saxons. The final section of the study presents a few comments on the status of the Gothic language as viewed by Czech Anglicists.


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