Re: Recreating English: Request for information.
|From:||David Barrow <davidab@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 26, 2003, 4:14|
> 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
> 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...
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