Re: [gothic-l] active use of language
- 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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