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Do you actually know what influence Latin had on the spoken language? Somehow I doubt it.

Orthodoxy says that English was influenced not just by Anglo-Saxon but also by the Norse/Danish and Scandinavian invasions.

Harper admits his is a work of assertion. He fails to describe the 'orthodox' positins accurately and sets up strawmen. He doesn't even bother to tackle the real linguistic arguments.

The experience of England after Roman rule collapsed was unique, and Harper glosses over this.

A lot of 'musts', strawmen and assertions and ignoring the work that has actually been done on the history of the English language may convince those that know nothing about the subjects Harper covers, but those that do know anything about them will realise how fragile his arguments are.

Doug

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AOM: Inertia 224 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 160 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 122 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 121 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 169 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 182 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 137 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 157 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 118 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 181 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 99 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 135 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 207 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 133 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 1040 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 267 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 174 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 191 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 125 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 227 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 106 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 141 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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