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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 131 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 101 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 72 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 75 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 103 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 119 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 98 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 112 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 72 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 122 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 58 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 87 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 116 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 89 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 570 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 159 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 86 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 110 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 83 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 113 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 65 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 95 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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