"Shield-of-Dardania" wrote:@SGM: Just contemplating, how one would replace 'get' in 'get me some water' or 'get me a sword', for instance.
"pour", "find", "fetch", "bring".
However, I think the point is to avoid saying things like "I've got to go", "he got up" and more using phrasing like "I must leave", "he rose from his chair. Instead of "have you got a dagger?" use "have you a dagger?"
I was trying to think of an alternative to "I got caught in the rain" and off the top of my head, I can't -- or just simply "I was caught in the rain".
If you analyse the way "got" is used in modern English, I think you will find it is a sort of catch-all word which is why it is one of the first things you are expected to consider when teaching English as a Foreign Language because it can be difficult for non-native English speakers to grasp, even if they, too, find it a rather handy word when they have (got) the hang of it. As in that example, in many cases, you can just leave it out. But you need to do this with a subtle hand or you will sound stilted. I must go and have a look at Austen's dialogue again because love her or not, she was not stilted and neither was Heyer who largely followed her lead (along with Dickens). Different era from the one you are considering, I know, but I am sure you will be able to figure out how it would work for the Anglo-Saxon period.
It reminds me of when an Italian friend discovered the use of the English concept of "ish", ie latish, earlish etc etc etc such a handy thing. She was delighted with it.
If I could remember the name of the book I "got" that tip from I would tell you but, unfortunately, I really can't. I think it was called something like "How to write a historical novel"!!!