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

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, June 19, 2000, 13:50
Oskar Gudlaugsson 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 'þ' and 'ð' ('thorn' and 'eth') into Old Norse -
Really? After all, England and the North shared the Runic script in common, from which þ is patently derived (as is shown by its tree-based name if nothing else). But you are saying that the Northern use of þ *as a Latin letter* was derived directly from English practice? -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)