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an interesting conversation about language:

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What fun! The weirdness of English, the big dude languages of empires, simple vs complex forms of languages. I thoroughly enjoyed the exchange.

One one point, however, I have to question labels. Author speaks of transition from Old English to Middle English early on. He ascribes a time period to the formattion of Middle English that is anachronistic and, so far as I know, not exactly how it came about.

From the literary standpoint, Middle English is more associated with the Medeival period and viewed as a transitional phase between Old English and Modern English of the Renaissance. It started as a result of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and incorporated importations of French language brought in by the Normans. French being a latinate language, not of the Germanic linguistic family. For example, before Middle English there were no tion words in English. Caption, infatuation, capitulation, indoctrination, etc. All are words that came out of Middle English looking to accomodate Norman French. Two poets, Chaucer and Langland, are credited with finally completing the marriage of the two families and, consequently, codifing Middle English as the language of the land for awhile.

Chris, that is what I know about the development of English involving the forms of Middle English. So I suspect the author has used the term, Middle English, inexactly, a little too loosely, certainly out of its proper historical context.

Other than that a thoroughly enjoyable video and exchange.


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Glad you enjoyed, Tere.

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