Re: Etymology

Jonathan Robie (
Mon, 06 Jan 1997 08:52:01 -0500

At 12:22 AM 1/6/97 -0500, Stephen C. Carlson wrote:

>I think these remarks are, well, linguistically naive. As for the
>proposition that "English originally was a rather monosyllabic language",
>consider the following versions of Matthew 8:20 --
> Foxas habbadh holu, and heofonan fuglas nest; sothlice mannes
> sunu naefdh he hys heafod ahylde. (Old English)
> Foxis han dennes, and briddis of heuene han nestis, but mannus
> sone hath not where he schal reste his heed. (Middle English)

Cool! Where did you get the Old English and Middle English versions? I'd be
very interested in looking at them...


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