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"Inertia" is not a founding principle of modern emperical science for nothing. That things tend to keep on doing what they are already doing has a corrolary: things may be assumed to always have been doing what they are currently doing.

When knowledge is limited, and the observable sample is small, it is only by extrapolation in accordance with the principle of Inertia that we can theorize about both the future and the past. Change is not a natural action but an exception requiring the introduction of some force. Unless the existence of a changing force can be demonstrated, Inertia dictates what conclusions we are alowed. We can't just make up the past out of whole cloth.

Working backward through time, if one argues the English were once Celts or that the English were once Picts, you need a force to enter the equasion by which these Picts or Celts might be transformed into English. Orthodoxy realizes this of course, so they appeal to the Anglo-Saxon invasion as the catalist for change. Harper demonstrates however, that this force of foriegn invasion, in every comparable situation where direct observation is possible, has proven inadequate to the task of effecting linguistic change. Orthodoxy must make of the Anglo-Saxon invasion an exception -- so they do so, but without any evidence to demonstrate in what way this invasion might be characterized as exceptional. We have nothing to indicate that the Saxon invasion was any different from the Roman, Danish or Norman conquests (as three specifically British examples) which effected no such change in the spoken language.

Having failed to demonstrate that the Saxon invasion was capable of altering the linguistic landscape of the British Isles, we are left with no choice but to leave Inertia undisturbed -- and conclude that the English were always English.

ISHMAEL

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Subject Views Written By Posted
AOM: Inertia 176 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 133 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 103 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 96 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 142 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 153 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 114 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 133 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 90 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 150 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 77 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 111 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 186 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 106 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 792 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 211 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 131 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 163 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 101 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 175 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 85 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 109 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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