Ruby Impressions

James_Althoff at i2.com James_Althoff at i2.com
Fri Jan 11 20:16:33 CET 2002


Robin Becker wrote:
>I believe linguistic history of English is that it's a mix of Anglo-
>Saxon and Norman French translated through the great vowel shift into
>what we currently call Modern English. Clearly there are a lot of other
>lumps in the mix but I think the closest modern match is Ost Frisian
>which is closely related to German.

Not forgetting, of course, the contribution of Old Norse from those living
in the Danelaw -- especially the resultant simplification of grammar due to
the intermingling of Scandinavians with Anglo-Saxons living across the
Danelaw boundary.

Jim





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