It is hard to believe that this monumental work has been written by a team of two scholars. A project of such scope might have occupied a whole department for years. The first 225 pages deal with a few general concepts, phonetics, grammar (morphology and syntax), and lexis. The exposition is of necessity condensed (twelve pages on nouns, thirty-six pages on verbs, and so forth). Everything is mentioned, but from the nature of the case, nothing could be explored in depth.

The rubrics following “Lexis” are “Versification,” “Historical, Cultural, and Literary Background,” and “Selection of Annotated Texts.” The chapter on the background takes over sixty pages, and text analysis runs from pp. 317–592. The volume ends with a glossary of linguistic terms (including such seemingly familiar ones as agreement, clause, declension, sentence, etc.), the glossary, an appendix on phonetic symbols, a second appendix titled “From Manuscripts to...

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