Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: French expressions in English

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 27, 2000, 21:08
Irina Rempt wrote:

> I didn't realize where the possessive 's' came from until I learned > to play something called "The King of Denmark his Galliard".
Actually not. The English possessive "s" is the same Germanic "s" that the related languages have. This use of "his" for /@s/ was simply a conventional spelling at the time. -- 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)