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CHAT: Beck (was: Humpty Dumpty (was: con-childish taunts))

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Monday, May 24, 1999, 6:51
At 4:08 pm -0400 22/5/99, John Cowan wrote:
>Tom Wier scripsit: > >> Hmm, that's interesting, because I was expecting it to be more >> West-Germanic than that. Modern German has "der Bach", which >> underwent the expected soundchange /k/ --> /x/. > >Yes, but you're ignoring the vowel. Old Norse had "bekkr", with >nominative ending "-r". The OE word was "baec", with expected >fronting a -> ae compared to OHG "bah" /bax/. This is one of those >cases where the North Gmc. word completely replaced its native >equivalent in (dialectal) English.
Yes - no doubt about that. But Scandinavian borrowings didn't always stay in the north. Some migrated south. The most obvious examples, I suppose, are 'give' which replace the southern, Saxon-derived 'yive' and 'they', 'them' etc which replaced the various southern forms 'hie', 'hem' etc (Yes - I know 'hem' still survives as "'em' :) 'Beck' is/was certainly used in northern dialects but was/is also used in East Anglia (where Colchester is) and in east Sussex, right in the very south. Ray.