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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 187 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 137 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 104 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 102 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 151 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 162 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 119 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 137 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 94 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 157 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 81 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 116 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 191 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 113 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 875 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 225 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 142 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 166 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 104 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 191 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 90 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 115 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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