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So you know that silly thing on Tumblr where people complain about new-fangled linguistic conventions, and people try to repeat the complaint in older and older styles of English? Well, [personal profile] lethargic_man has made a real version of this, reading the first chapter of Genesis in English starting from 500 and gradually updating the language until the current day. It's a seriously amazing piece of work, no, not rigorous academic scholarship, but he's looked stuff up properly rather than making a guess based on vague half-remembered history of English classes.

1500 years of English. It's a video; the audio track is the main point, but the words are written across the screen showing how written English evolved too. So it's inherently somewhat accessible though not as useful if you can't hear the audio, and you get most of the point without the visuals, so I don't think there's much to be gained by a text description.

I think lots of you may appreciate this, [personal profile] highlyeccentric and [personal profile] forthwritten and [personal profile] pne spring to mind, but I bet there are lots of other people I haven't thought of who will be impressed.

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Date: 2016-03-14 05:25 pm (UTC)
kass: Shepherd Book; caption "The Good Book." (book)
From: [personal profile] kass
Okay, that is seriously damn cool. Of course, it is a text I know well in the original, which makes it even more fascinating to hear (and see) its shifts in English. Wow.

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Date: 2016-03-15 06:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dafna
I had the same thought -- I could follow it much earlier than I think I'd have been able to do if I didn't know the passage as well. Really fascinating.

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Date: 2016-03-15 08:36 am (UTC)
vatine: Generated with some CL code and a hand-designed blackletter font (Default)
From: [personal profile] vatine
Now I wish I could find the tour de force that SVT prepared for the 200th (I think) anniversary of the Swedish Academy. It was sequential Bible verses (since that's a relatively fixed text), read in the (reconstructed) spoken Swedish from 1541 to the modern day, jumping about 50 years or interesting linguistic shitf forwards each verse.

Turns out that Swedes around 1790 all sounded like Mumin trolls.

Fascinating

Date: 2016-03-16 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edrith.co.uk
This is really fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

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Date: 2016-03-17 10:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hatam_soferet
I sent it to my supervisor :)

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Date: 2016-03-20 01:40 pm (UTC)
switterbeet: (illuminati)
From: [personal profile] switterbeet
That is really neat!

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Date: 2016-03-25 11:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lethargic_man
So you know that silly thing on Tumblr where people complain about new-fangled linguistic conventions, and people try to repeat the complaint in older and older styles of English? Well, [personal profile] lethargic_man has made a real version of this

Actually, I'd never heard of the Tumblr thing, FWIW (which is very little).

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Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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