Re: Etymology vs. Usage - the Saxons speak!

Jonathan Robie (
Mon, 06 Jan 1997 19:17:18 -0500

I know this is straying off the topic, but for those who are really
interested in this,=20
there is a web site with good links to literature and historical information
on Anglo-Saxon England:

Here's a sentence of multi-syllabic Anglo-Saxon from the Parker Chronicle:

=DEa tungel witgan of eastd=E6le cuomon to =FEon =FE=E6t hie Crist=
& =FEa cild on Bethlem ofsl=E6gene w=E6run for Cristes ehtnesse from=

Here are the first four lines of Beowulf, in multi-syallabic Saxon:

Hw=E6t! We Gardena in geardagum,=20
=FEeodcyninga, =FErym gefrunon,=20
hu =F0a =E6=FEelingas ellen fremedon.=20
Oft Scyld Scefing scea=FEena =FEreatum,=20

I don't care to debate the nature of older forms of English further, but the
web site I mentioned above is a great resource to anyone curious about these

Now back to Greek...


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