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Manny
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Why did English syntax become so greatly simplified between Old English and Middle English? He blames the Vikings, and presents evidence.
Jan 27, 2010 01:04PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 196 of 230
Vicious attacks on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. Their key data comes from Hopi, but it turns they knew little about the language. Oops!
Jan 27, 2010 02:05PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 115 of 230
Why nothing is wrong with "Billy and me". Russian examples are nice, but I'm surprised he doesn't also compare with French "Jean et moi".
Jan 27, 2010 02:29AM
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Manny
Manny is on page 85 of 230
He argues that auxiliary 'do' and the normal present with be + '-ing' come from Welsh. Amazing that no one else has even suggested it!
Jan 26, 2010 12:26PM
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Manny
Manny is on page 30 of 230
This is the most exciting linguistics book I've read in at least a year!
Jan 26, 2010 06:19AM
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English


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message 1: by Robert (new)

Robert I am now imagining a horde of warriors with no horns on their helmets carrying off huge bundles of grammar for use back in the Northlands...


Manny Not at all! They arrived, tried to eat the local grammar, found it didn't agree with them, and had to go on a low-morphology diet...


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Hahahahaha!


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