Learning with the online Thesaurus of Old English


Learning with the online Thesaurus of Old English


Old English Language


This project aims to explore aspects of Anglo-Saxon language and culture through the study of Old English vocabulary arranged in semantic categories. It was supported by a grant from the Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre

General editors: Carole Hough and Christian Kay
Computing consultant: Jean Anderson
Web programmer: Flora Edmonds

Units written by: Carole Biggam, Robyn Bray, Carole Hough, Christian Kay, Cerwyss O’Hare, Rosie Robertson, Kate Wild

The first four units are essays contextualising the project:

How (and why) to use TOE
Life in Anglo-Saxon England
A Short Description of Old English
The Vocabulary of Old English
The remaining ten units are interactive sessions for class or individual use. The screen is split so that you can toggle between the Unit and TOE. Each unit has three sections. Section 1 offers a guided tour through the material, interspersed with questions inviting you to discover things for yourself. Once you have tried each question, you can click on the answer. Section 2 is a short essay on the topic, reinforcing and giving more detail on points raised in Section 1. Section 3 consists of suggestions for reading, relevant websites, and ideas for essays or projects based on the topic. Projects in particular invite you to explore TOE further.

Key terms are linked to an online glossary and can be clicked for further information. Within an entry, * indicates an item which also appears in another entry. Since the glossary is far from comprehensive, it is not available as a whole.

The ten topic units are:

5. Clothing 10. Food and drink
6. Colour 11. Landscape
7. Death 12. Plants
8. Families 13. Time
9. Farming 14. The Universe.



Carole Hough, Christian Kay et al.




5. 1st Level Higher Education (e.g. undergraduate degree, and taught Masters) or Adult Education Programmes (Continuing Education)



Carole Hough, Christian Kay et al., “Learning with the online Thesaurus of Old English,” Woruldhord, accessed May 30, 2024, http://poppy.nsms.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/items/show/179.