One wonders how much the best informed of us all remembers about the First
and Second Consonantal Shift, the Brothers Grimm, Ferdinand de Saussure,
Joshua Whatmough, Jan Baudoin de Courtenay, et al.
Myself, I had the honour of being tutored at the University College London
in the 1960s by Professor Sir Randolph Quirk, Ph.D., D. Litt., F.B.A. (The
Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury).
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From: "Nancy Gish" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 12:23 PM
Subject: Re: Screw grammar/ Apostrophe's
> It seems worth noting that Old English is a Germanic language and that it
> is easier to learn it if you speak German than if you speak modern
> English. Because the changes (post 1066) took place more slowly and
> less completely in the north than the south, modern Scots is much closer
> to German and shares sounds lost in modern English (the sound of Loch,
> licht, and muir--which get mispronounced by English and Amercans as "k"
> and "oo," and has many more cognates: "ken" is know; for example,
> "licht" is light in both languages; "kirk" is "kirche" and "night" is
> So I think we really have as a history an invasion of German by French
> that became "English" and the reversal of English words in German is just
> part of a constant process. But I think the Germans should refuse to let
> their version be invaded.
> Date sent: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 10:21:01 -0600
> Send reply to: "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum."
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> From: Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Screw grammar/ Apostrophe's
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> Gunnar Jauch wrote:
> > Here's a funny site on the (mis)use of the apostrophe:
> > http://members.aol.com/apostrophs/apostrophen.htm
> > Although it is in German, you will understand it.
> > It also depicts nicely the among Germans so often deplored invasion of
> > English language upon ours.
> > Gunnar
> Most beautiful invasion of English by German I've ever seen. :-) That
> construction can drive the anglophone student of German or Russian out of
> his/her mind.