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In a message dated 3/18/01 7:43:59 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
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> My question was that I knew Dante's 1200 Italian was closer to modern
> Italian than Chaucher's 1200 English is to modern English but was it
> closer than Shakespeare's 1600 English.  He said yes.  Italian students
> of Dante do not have much trouble with the language or grammar although
> there are problems with some terms (I would guess on a parr with
> Shakespeare's "collier" for example.) Also there was trouble with some
> of the allusions and history. 
> 
> 

Thanks, Rick, that's really interesting. Did he say why English has changed 
more than Italian? Or maybe it just isn't known why.

pat

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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT  SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial Narrow" LANG="0"><B>In a message dated 3/18/01 7:43:59 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
<BR>[log in to unmask] writes:
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<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">My question was that I knew Dante's 1200 Italian was closer to modern
<BR>Italian than Chaucher's 1200 English is to modern English but was it
<BR>closer than Shakespeare's 1600 English. &nbsp;He said yes. &nbsp;Italian students
<BR>of Dante do not have much trouble with the language or grammar although
<BR>there are problems with some terms (I would guess on a parr with
<BR>Shakespeare's "collier" for example.) Also there was trouble with some
<BR>of the allusions and history. 
<BR>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"></BLOCKQUOTE>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial Narrow" LANG="0"><B>
<BR>Thanks, Rick, that's really interesting. Did he say why English has changed 
<BR>more than Italian? Or maybe it just isn't known why.
<BR>
<BR>pat</B></FONT></HTML>

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