Re: [gothic-l] active use of language
- Inge Van Keirsbilck wrote:
> Hello everybody!
> I have only just begun to learn Gothic, and I would really like to know how
> those of you who actively use the language went about this. Any tips?
For my part, I read the books on the subject. When reading Gothic, I
read aloud so as to get a feel for the sound, rhythm. Doing a few
translation projects and reading the Gothic corpus will allow one to
familiarize oneself with the vocabulary, grammar and syntax to such an
extent that the basic language is at hand. Also, it is helpful to have
the vocabulary in database form so that one can look up the word one
doesn't know or translate a word from English.
- On Wed, 16 Aug 2000, M. Carver wrote:
> Hails, IngeSome comments here. Modern germanic languages (english, nederlanden,
> For my part, I read the books on the subject. When reading Gothic, I
> read aloud so as to get a feel for the sound, rhythm.
norsk, svenska) have a very different phonetic system than
Gothic. Those modern languages tend to use more diphtongs and vowels
and semivowels. Deutsch have conserved more the phonetics of them.
So, I wonder how could sound Gothic. Moreover, Germanic is told to
be a common ancestor with lithuanian, which certainly stresses
some vowels over others, but it's not the phonetic nightmare of
english ( for example). Well, I don't know much of lithuanian, but
that's my first impression.
> Doing a fewI imagine that all this have been extracted from the bible. In this
> translation projects and reading the Gothic corpus will allow one to
> familiarize oneself with the vocabulary, grammar and syntax to such an
> extent that the basic language is at hand.
case, I wonder how different was "spoken" language from the
"normalized" written language.
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