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Thread: Should The English Language Return To Its Anglo-Saxon Roots?

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    I'm in favour of bringing back archaic English words and phrases. But the mix of Germanic and Latin-derived words is what makes it such a good language for literature and poetry, combining 'sweet and sour', yin and yang.

    No offense to Americans, but the biggest current problem in Britain is the mindless adoption of Americanisms which is slowly 'dumbing-down' (there we go) the language. And I've noticed Germans using Americanisms in this forum - though I will say that the standard of English in this forum by everyone is generally very good and I appreciate it.

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201...glish-language

    And the very worst Americanism I have yet heard:


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    What you said about Americans, Germans said about Britons. We are siblings with a common Tudor origin. Britain chose Stewarts and America chose Cromwells. There's been a parallel speech development too. Maybe you ought to ridicule Franglais and other nonsense, than drink the imperial Kool Aid.

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    It would be fun to speak an inflected English, but languages have a life of their own.

    My money is on English becoming even more simplified in the future for Anglo-Saxon diaspora, and for the rest of the world, forming into mutually unintelligible separate languages like Latin did in Western Europe.

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    Anglo-Saxon is spoken by Frisians today, but the English Folk come from Jutland and environs, with later waves being more Scandinavian. That's why English is not spoken how the Frisians do it anymore.

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    "Anglish" is entirely doable- taking English back to its Germanic roots- but doing so would require a huge reorientation of one's vocabulary and train of thought. I rather like it, but at this point I do not ever see Anglish as progressing past the 'interesting project' stage of development. I could easily see it as being used in ritual and such, but unless there's a Standard Anglish we'd soon see the "you're doing it wrong" red flags go up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIo-17SIkws

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    I'm all in favour of maintaining standards in English but there's no way it could ever return to its Anglo-Saxon roots.

    It's become far too cosmopolitan a language for there to be any realistic prospect of this happening and I don't think it would even be desirable for it to do so.

    England's period of world dominance is over but we've left an enduring legacy. By all means teach 'Olde English' in schools because this is part of our heritage, but why would we want to turn inwards on ourselves and go back to a language that was spoken by barely a million inhabitants of these islands over a millennium ago?

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    @SaxonPagan > You should at least do a spelling reform,it is too messy as it is. Perhaps even reintroduce some of the old letters (and perhaps add some that weren't used before).
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    Nah, I'd just leave it how it is.

    All of those quirky spellings are what make the language so fascinating and enable us to distinguish the native English from the foreigners ... the foreigners master them much better than we do!

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    As a follow-up to my previous post regarding 'Anglish', I ran across this oldie-but-a-goodie humorous take on 're-Germanizing' the English language:

    "The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

    As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

    In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

    Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

    Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

    By the 4th yer peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

    During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

    Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

    Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas. "

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