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Questions about "ðat strange orþography"

From:Carsten Becker <post@...>
Date:Saturday, April 10, 2004, 10:06
From: "Peter Bleackley" <Peter.Bleackley@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 2:13 PM
Subject: Ðe construct case hisparadox

> Meþinks a paradox ariseþ in ðe construct case hisuse, [...]
Now, it's clear to me what those þ's and ð's are standing for (/T/ and /D/ of course), that <hw> is for <wh>, <-þ> is for <-s> and "meþinks" means "I think", but what does "hisuse" mean? Is the "his" for marking the genitive of the previous noun, like <-'s>? And why did you do that instead of writing normal, plain English? Has it simply something to do with some what-if-English-spelling-would-not-have-been-messed-up-by-the-Normans project you were working on at this time? Don't get me wrong, I'm just asking naïvely and curiously. Btw, there are 250 messages from the list still to be read ... I guess they'll never be ... Thanks, Carsten ========================= Class test: Si on pouvait apprendre le français en dormant, ... I wrote: ... des générations d'élèves ne se revailleraient plus. My website: My portfolio:


Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>