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And now an authority on linguistics too?  There seems to be no limit to the
expertise propounded by some...
God, have mercy upon us all---

Jacek Niecko
Washington DC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: Screw grammar/ Apostrophe's


> Nancy Gish wrote:
> >
> > 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
"nicht."
> > 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.
> > Nancy
> >
>
> It's been fifty years since I read any Old English -- and I don't
> remember whether it had that participial construction of modern German
> and Russian. And if I remember correctly -- this is also 50 years or so
> ago -- my Russian instructor said that the Russians had deliberately
> imported the construction from German, during a period of infatuation
> with German culture. The Russian language _allows_ it but hadn't had it
> before sometime in the 19th century. (I won't swear by this because my
> memory of it is pretty vague.)
>
> Carrol