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Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Ah, apparently it won't link directly to what I wanted to link to... click §574 below "grammar" in the square above.
Thanks! :)

This is fun. I have to learn Old English. When I get through with Greek...
 

Tomer

Active Member
(Just so you know, it's actually spelled "diaper".) ;)
I wasn't aware of that, thanks! Clearly, I'm not a father yet, as far as is well known.

Indeed, I'm quite tempted actually. Of course I'm still working on Latin too... :D
Same here.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Btw, Callaina, that ge - later became i -, as in "sumer is icumen in".
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Or y -, as in 'yclept', still in humorous use.

In Berlin dialect, G is often pronounced like (German) J, so gekommen would be pronounced jekommen.
Etaoin Shrdlu, any idea if the ge- past tense marker in Modern German is related somehow to the Old English prefix (and if not, where it actually came from)?
 

Imber Ranae

Ranunculus Iracundus
Etaoin Shrdlu, any idea if the ge- past tense marker in Modern German is related somehow to the Old English prefix (and if not, where it actually came from)?
It's the same prefix. The only difference is that it was far more productive in Old English than it is in modern German and not as grammaticalized (i.e. while it is sometimes appended to the past participle in Old English, that isn't a mandatory rule as in German). But remember that ge- is highly lexicalized in German as well, being a very common prefix with verbs (e.g. gefrieren), adjectives, and nouns, just like in Old English.
 

Issacus Divus

ᛋᚢᚾᚢ ᚱᛖᛟᚱᛞᚲᚤᚾᛁᚾᚷᚨᛋ
Hwæt! Ic eftlifġiefe þone þræd!
 

Hemo Rusticus

J. Wellington Wimpy
Ðæt biþ eaðor gesægd ðonne gedon, broðor min.
 

Issacus Divus

ᛋᚢᚾᚢ ᚱᛖᛟᚱᛞᚲᚤᚾᛁᚾᚷᚨᛋ
Lifġiefe we ġeador, ġebroþor.
 

Issacus Divus

ᛋᚢᚾᚢ ᚱᛖᛟᚱᛞᚲᚤᚾᛁᚾᚷᚨᛋ
A, Ængla-Normanisc.
 
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