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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 237 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 13:28
Re: AOM: Inertia 171 Doug 25-Apr-03 16:56
Ignorance is Bliss 125 AOM-Presenter 25-Apr-03 17:54
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 128 Doug 25-Apr-03 19:52
Re: Ignorance is Bliss 176 hera 25-Apr-03 20:10
Off-hand Comment 191 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 16:44
Re: Off-hand Comment 142 hera 29-Apr-03 17:35
Apologies 172 AOM-Presenter 29-Apr-03 19:26
Re: AOM: Inertia 123 M J Harper 25-Apr-03 18:38
Re: AOM: Inertia 186 nonconformist 26-Apr-03 20:05
Re: AOM: Inertia 103 M J Harper 29-Apr-03 17:42
Re: AOM: Inertia 140 DPCrisp 29-Apr-03 18:14
Re: AOM: Inertia 210 Dr. Sunil 29-Apr-03 18:29
Re: AOM: Inertia 145 jameske 29-Apr-03 18:51
Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 1078 Astikapati 29-Apr-03 21:44
Re: Indus Valley Seals Deciphered 280 Dr. Sunil 30-Apr-03 13:52
Re: AOM: Inertia 183 nonconformist 30-Apr-03 04:09
Re: AOM: Inertia 197 BrianAmbrose 30-Apr-03 10:46
Re: AOM: Inertia 136 Doug 30-Apr-03 13:15
Re: AOM: Inertia 231 M J Harper 30-Apr-03 15:40
Re: AOM: Inertia 110 Doug 30-Apr-03 17:22
Re: Stupidity vs Ignorance 146 Doug 25-Apr-03 21:20


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