So you know that silly thing on Tumblr where people complain about new-fangled linguistic conventions, and people try to repeat the complaint in older and older styles of English? Well, lethargic_man
has made a real version of this, reading the first chapter of Genesis in English starting from 500 and gradually updating the language until the current day. It's a seriously amazing piece of work, no, not rigorous academic scholarship, but he's looked stuff up properly rather than making a guess based on vague half-remembered history of English classes. 1500 years of English
. It's a video; the audio track is the main point, but the words are written across the screen showing how written English evolved too. So it's inherently somewhat accessible though not as useful if you can't hear the audio, and you get most of the point without the visuals, so I don't think there's much to be gained by a text description.
I think lots of you may appreciate this, highlyeccentric
spring to mind, but I bet there are lots of other people I haven't thought of who will be impressed.I prefer comments at Dreamwidth. There are currently comments there. You can use your LJ address as an OpenID, or just write your name.
|Date:||March 15th, 2016 11:30 am (UTC)|
19 hours after journal entry, 12:30 pm (ghoti's time)
I generally treat Tumblr as write only so I didn't know that was a thing. It makes sense though.
ANd yes, I saw this and got excited to show you and then Colin said it was by someone you knew so I didn't bother. I found it interesting that there was a brief comprehensible bit around 650 and then it got confusing again for a while, before remembering the whole 'lived with mediaevalist, helped him work' thing might have a bearing.
|Date:||March 15th, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)|
20 hours after journal entry, 01:01 pm (livredor's time)
Yeah, I myself don't attempt to have conversations on Tumblr - basically the idea is that you reblog someone else's post, and include your comments, and then the next person reblogs the OP plus your response, and so on. But I find it quite awkward to use, so if I want to comment on anything Tumblr-ish I bring it over here and just link.
I'm touched you thought I would enjoy the evolving language thing. lethargic_man
is actually my ex whom I'm still close to, so yeah, I generally do follow most of his social media streams.
My feeling with these historical dialect things is that Germanic languages were closer together a long time ago than they are now. So I can often cope with earlier forms of English by pretending they're German or Dutch or Swedish. I can well imagine that helping a Mediaevalist would help, though!