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Old English

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been unable to get any good pleasure reading in. The majority of my reading now consists of homework assignments, as well as research for papers and final projects.

But, I have been learning how to speak Old English for a recitation assignment. Old English dates roughly from the years 500 to 1100. That’s pretty old. A perfect example of Old English is the poem Beowulf.

We think Beowulf sounds something like this: 

Pretty awesome, huh?

For my recitation, I picked the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in Old English.

Sadly, we don’t really know how to pronounce Old English, because it’s a dead language. Despite this, scholars of OE (Old English) tend to disagree with one another about the proper pronunciation, which I find amusing.

And yet, what guesswork has been made towards pronouncing–and speaking–Old English is amazing. After all, it is the basis for PDE (or Present Day English), which is what we’re speaking today.

It’s something to think about.

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