Well, MacDiarmid claimed that Scots was nearer the original Gothic than
English was, i.e., more pure--for what that myth of origins is worth. But for
him it had real political value. In any case, when I first read that, it struck
me that the first extant text in "Inglis" is "Caedmon's Hymn," and that was
first written in Northumbrian, from which Middle and Modern Scots derived.
(Modern English developed from Mercian.)
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Nancy Gish wrote:
> "English" is--linguistically--only one dialect that developed from one
> dialect of Anglo-Saxon. Scots lacks the army and navy but is otherwise
> as much a language. And it is also very beautiful. Nancy
But it had an army once! :-)
If I recall correctly Dante called his poem a _Comedy_ because it was in
the Italian dialect rather than in Latin. It took quite a few centuries,
but the army came.
The Czech language was "revived" in the late 19th century by those who
wanted it to have an army.
I wonder how this might connect to a Lithuanian boasting of speaking