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Re: Beauty of Old Norse (was Re: New to the list)

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Monday, June 19, 2000, 17:30
John Cowan wrote:

> > Nordic orthographic conventions differ considerably from the > > Romance, which have characterized English orthography (pre-Norman >English > > orthography did have some influence on Nordic scribes, c.f. introduction >of > > the English characters ' 'ç ¨'thorn' and 'eth') into Old Norse - > >Really? After all, England and the North shared the Runic script in >common, >from which tently derived (as is shown by its tree-based name if nothing >else). But you are saying that the Northern use of Latin letter* was >derived directly from English practice?
AFAIK, yes. This is what I've learnt from my Icelandic language history here in Iceland. It's not common knowledge here in Iceland though; people would refuse to believe that such letters that we pride ourselves in were foreign. And in England, well, how many people have ever _seen_ 'thorn' and/or 'eth'? An Irish woman once asked me how to pronounce 'thorn' (which she, and most others, confused with 'p'). When I tried to equate it with English 'th', as in, for example, the word 'thorn', and subsequently told her this was an English letter, she became utterly confused. I tried to write something like "þis is þe man", but she didn't understand what I was talking about. Anyway, take a look at any book about OE or ME, and you'll find plenty of texts using the 'thorn', and somewhat fewer with 'eth'. Oskar ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at