Re: "Kauderwelsch" (was: LUNATIC SURVEY: 2005)
|Date:||Monday, February 28, 2005, 7:29|
Andreas Johansson wrote:
>Quoting "J. 'Mach' Wust" <j_mach_wust@...>:
>>There's an interesting essay by Tolkien ("English and Welsh") where he
>>states that _welsh_ didn't mean 'weird foreign language' but involved a
>>statement on the beauty of the sounds of the foreign language: Only
>>nice-sounding languages rich of vowels were called _welsh_, that is,
>>Romances and Welsh.
>Were the Gaelic langs considered "Welsh" by the Anglo-Saxons? Apart from the
>other Germanic languages, they're about the only non-Welsh, non-Romance
>languages the Anglo-Saxons will have had much exposture to. Well, possibly also
I'd be surprised if they actually had much contact with them during the
colonisation period. The Scots only arrived in the 6th century, about a
century after the English. By that time, the original meaning of the
word may have been lost, and simply been applied to the Britons.