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For the benefit of those who are new to this Wikipedia, this Help page is written in modern English.
== About ==
:''See also: [[Wikipedia:Tutorial on Old English]], [[:Wikibooks:Old English]], [ Introduction to Old English by Professor Peter S. Baker of UVA]''
'''Old English''', otherwise known as '''Anglo-Saxon''', is the earliest and longest stage of the English language, having existed in the original time span of about 400 AD to 1150 AD, when the language began to evolve from its West Germanic Anglo-Frisian roots into Middle English, and then Modern English. The most prominent historic writing in Old English is [[Bēowulf|Bēoƿulf]]. This language is currently experiencing a small revival in use, for both academic and [[:en:Germanic Neopaganism|religious]] purposes.
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*Sources are good. They help support information in an article. If you can provide a trustworthy source for some uncited information in an article, please do.
*All neologisms should be documented on an article's talk page using [[template:wordgetæl|this temptemplate]], and ideally also [[Wikipedia:Full getæl nīwra worda|here]] to make it easier for other people to find and understand. When documenting neologism, give appropriate grammatical information (to see how, look at the template). Also, we explicitly mark palatalization in neologism lists, to make the words easier to read for beginners.
*Need a neologism? Check to see if there is one already in use before you create another one - there should be only minimum necessary neologisms. All neologisms should be documented on the talk pages of the articles they are used in (giving their Modern English translations with them), so if you use "advanced search", mark "talk pages", and search for the Modern English equivalent, you should be able to find an already exisiting neologism, if there is one. Also, see this page: [[Wikipedia:Full getæl nīwra worda]], which is not necessarily absolutely comprehensive. If those two methods fail, also check obvious articles such a neologism might be used on (for example, for "solar system", you could look on one of the articles for the planets). If you still can't find one, you might then need to make one, but make sure you document it in the talk page! If you can find one, but you think it is rubbish (because it demonstrates a poor understanding of or poorly represents the concept itself, or uses bad grammar, or misuses the Old English stems used to create the new word, for example), please raise the issue with other members of this project, and move forward from there. Also, it is best to use historically precedented methods for word formation to create new words - otherwise the words will be less likely to be understood well, and will look out of place.
*Names for pieces of software or a website should not be translated (for example, [[Ubuntu]] and [[Windows 8]] instead of "Menniscness" and "8. Ēagduru"), unless that is the usual or a common practice in the case of that specific piece of software (for example, [[Wikipǣdia]]). A literal translation for the name of software may be given within the article (for example, see [[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King]]).
*Category names should usually be in plural, except for when the category is related to one specific thing (for example, the category [[:flocc:tōlas|tōlas]] is plural, but the category [[:flocc:Nīwe Sǣland|Nīwe Sǣland]] is singular)
*Categories should be organised in a useful, succint, hierarchical, and non-redundant way (e.g. put the page [[āte]] only in the category "[[:flocc:corn|corn]]", not both "[[:flocc:corn|corn]]" and "[[:flocc:wyrta|wyrta]]", because the category "corn" is already a sub-category of "wyrta").
*Ordinal numbers should be marked as such with a period after them, for example: "Se 12. mann".
*Additional information given to specify the meaning of a word in an article's name should be put in brackets, for example: [[Niht (gyden)]]. This should also be done for places, for example: [[Weolingtūn (Nīwe Sǣland)]].
*Unlike many modern languages, including Modern English, where cardinal numbers can be used as ordinal numbers (for example, "contestant number 5" instead of "the fifth contestant"), cardinals could not be used as ordinals in Old English. As such, cardinals used as ordinals in other languages, should be translated as ordinals in Old English. The exception is when a whole proper noun has been borrowed, and it included an ordinally used cardinal, for example: [[Windows 8]]. Although written as two words, for grammatical purposes this should be regarded as one word, perhaps indeclinable neuter.
*The names of articles on categories of things should be in the singular nominative, for example: [[Hēapplega]].
*Do not put adjectives in an article name in the weak declension unless they are normally weak (like comparative adjectives) or there is actually another word in the article name that causes the weak declension (but there usually isn't such a word in article names).
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