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Re: "Kauderwelsch" (was: LUNATIC SURVEY: 2005)

From:Joe <joe@...>
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 >Pictish. > >
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.