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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 347 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 235 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 171 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 189 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 216 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 236 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 216 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 217 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 194 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 234 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 149 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 189 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 255 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 199 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 1283 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 349 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 233 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 261 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 202 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 300 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 172 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 197 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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