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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 202 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 147 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 111 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 113 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 158 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 170 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 126 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 146 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 104 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 171 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 88 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 126 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 200 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 124 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 947 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 250 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 157 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 178 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 112 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 211 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 97 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 127 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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