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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 204 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 147 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 111 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 113 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 158 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 170 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 127 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 146 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 104 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 171 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 88 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 126 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 200 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 124 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 947 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 250 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 158 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 178 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 112 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 211 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 97 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 128 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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