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Re: Recreating English: Request for information.

From:David Barrow <davidab@...>
Date:Friday, December 26, 2003, 4:14
Joe wrote:

> Right, well, I've been working on a story, which is set in a parallel > universe, but at the same time, it's set in England. Being an alternate > universe, I would say things didn't quite work out the same, so it would > have a different language, but, it being similar in many respects, I > want it to have an English-oid feel. > > So, I've outlined a number of steps: > > 1. Randomly generate a list of roots in alternate-PIE, using their word > structure. > 2. Apply sound changes, first into alternate-Germanic, then into > alternate-Old English, and finally into alternate-Middle English. > 3. Go through great vowel shift, but largely retain spelling from > alternate-Middle English. > > I'm not sure, but this should produce something that looks like English, > but is a priori. Finally I go and ascribe words to things. > > So, to accomplish these aims, I need to know a few things: > > How did Ablaut actually work? > What sound changes happened from Germanic to OE? > What grammatical changes happened from PIE to Germanic? > > > And any other information I might find helpful...
Roger Lass's Old English A Historical Linguistic Companion Cambridge University Press Has a lot of detail about sound changes from Germanic to OE and on the ablaut plus a lot of other stuff David