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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 271 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 190 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 137 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 140 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 181 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 198 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 156 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 180 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 137 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 196 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 109 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 147 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 217 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 157 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 1140 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 298 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 192 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 208 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 148 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 252 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 121 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 155 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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