Ulf Wiman wrote:
> Neo-Gothic in order to have any function would have to resort to neologisms, i.e., to expand its lexical range. Here, I am not in a position to pontificate which manner is better or worse. I suppose we can be as puristic as the Icelanders and coin lexica employing internal sources and on occasion use loan translations. Or perhaps like the Dutch or Danish and accept any international coinage. I guess here, since I am Swedish, that the Swedish language as far neologisms are concerned stand betw
> But, I think we need to consider the fact that Gothic, as represented by the Silver Bible, had already incorporated at least in its ecclesiastical cloak many Greek words and loan translations.
> Question: How much does Gutnish (Gotländska) have that could be Gothic? The same for the Swedish spoken on Runö until WWII.
> Just musings and I love the dialogue we are starting!
Well Ulfie, first question: Why do your lines go on and on, and not
wrap automatically to the window. Hey, I even try the wrap-long-lines
command and that fails. Just a question; secondly, isn't this Gutnish
you refer to a member of the eastern branch of North Gmc.? Therefore
any similarities with Gothic would be coincidental or shared among the
entirety of the Germanic family. But you suggest that Gothic influenced
Eastern North Gmc. in specific regions with the effect that the
languages bore differences we mark as dialectal, which however were in
origin due to gothic (gutrazda) influence. Hmmmm...
As for the Hellenized Gothic of the Silver Bible: Wulfila (& authors)
had no choice but to assume directly the greek vocabulary into Gothic
itself. There were no precedents (even Latin could not withstand the
temptation to borrow thus) for the refusal of such absorption, and they
certainly must innocently have felt that it was not a corruption of
their language, the remnants of which we prize so much. In short, the
Goths had a very normal, unromantic view of their language, and
perceived the Greek borrowings not only as necessary but most sensible.
The Icelanders' take on linguistic purity has ostensibly owed much to
their historical isolation and ethnic/cultural homogeneity; the Goths,
however, were not known for being satisfied with staying sundered and
ruling themselves, of which trait Theodoric is just one example.
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