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Subject: Re: [OM] In case you hadn't heard....
From: Andrew Fildes <afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:34:31 +1100
I think 'guessing' is too pejorative a term for this endeavour. He's 
theorising, based on very good evidence and deep research. I'm guessing about 
what I'll be given for lunch.
There are many present day clues in extant dialects which have preserved such 
sounds and vocal styles, thanks to isolation and deliberate resistance. The 
difference between the northern short 'a' and southern long 'a' is not dealt 
with by him but is very distinct and a real class divider. Geordies still 
pronounce both vowels in the 'boat' dipthong and the Canadian dipthong is one 
I'd noticed before. Think also of the Scots pronunciation of 'house' as 'huis'. 
Then of course there is the pronunciation of some place names which are more 
resistant to change - 'Darby' for Derby, 'Shrowsbury' for Shrewsbury and so on.
It's like wrestling with fog of course but some very intelligent people, such 
as this gentleman, have spent a lot of time working it out. I really enjoyed 
trying to learn to recite Chaucer in the original, ohsomany years ago.
Andrew Fildes

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On 21/03/2014, at 10:59 PM, Chris Barker wrote:

> Thanks, Andrew.  He agrees that he is guessing; I should have thought that 
> present-day Scandinavian languages would be useful.  It’s interesting that he 
> interprets “kissed” as kissing, not cushion.

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