Re: Etymology vs. Usage - the Saxons speak!

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Mon Jan 06 1997 - 19:17:18 EST

I know this is straying off the topic, but for those who are really
interested in this,
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:

        Þa tungel witgan of eastd¾le cuomon to ßon ß¾t hie Crist weorßedon,
        & ßa cild on Bethlem ofsl¾gene w¾run for Cristes ehtnesse from Herode.

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

        Hw¾t! We Gardena in geardagum,
        ßeodcyninga, ßrym gefrunon,
        hu Ýa ¾ßelingas ellen fremedon.
        Oft Scyld Scefing sceaßena ßreatum,

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...


Jonathan Robie
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