Re: Ander-Saxon and New Old English (was: RE: [CONLANG] Worldken bard
|From:||Elliott Lash <al260@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 4, 2001, 0:34|
> Has anyone tried to develop an alternate Modern English that
> descends from OE of c. 1000 CE without the influence of
> French and its subsequent repercussions? I'm particularly interested
> in modern reflexes of OE words that Here were lost (e.g. _wye_
> 'warrior' < _wigan_). I don't have the necessary philological
> knowledge to essay such an exercise myself. (I've asked this question
> before, some years back, to no great avail, but I ask it again
> because the pool of competences on this list is ever crescent.)
> - AND.
> I have indeed created such a monster. But I used my own sound change
> rules, and came up with something much like German, rather than an
> English sans-French.
I suppose that's reasonable, since English phonology was affected
by French. OTOH, my own interest is simply in restitution of abandonded
words to the language, as with _smial_, _dwarrowdelf_, etc.
In that case, I have used "heathress" in a poem I've written. It means
"battle-storm" or something to that effect. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure
what the Old English words were that I made this from. In other news, I have at
one time compiled a large list of dialectal and Early Modern English words that
I thought were particularly interesting. A few of which were:
dwale "night-shade, poison"
dwine "to fade"
dwalm "a dizzy-spell"
Again, unfortunately I'm not quite sure where these come from.