February 03, 2004
If you're stupid cool like some people I know, you can go to Beowulf on Steorarume and have a nice read through of the Beowulf Semi-Diplomatic Edition (strictly habibi--little of this so-called moderne englisc allowed, except some notes).
If you're a grade-a lame-o (negative) like myself who can barely comprehend something simple like Middle English, you'll have to read the Bilingual Edition.
Extra treat: check out the mp3s of Ben Slade reading Beowulf Old English. It's really cool. You can almost understand it when it's read, sort of. If you also speak german & finnish, maybe.
So. What are you're thoughts on Niw Englisc as a possible common tongue for the New World Order?
Posted by illovich at February 03, 2004 12:36 PM
I think Niw Englisc would be better than Standard English. I'm a Student of Linguistics, and for me, the language puts back the Germanic flavor that English is supposed to have. At the sametime, I believe that the writing system is more regular making it easier for a foreigner to pick up. I mean if Afrikaans can be the Dutch of Africa, Niw Englisc surely could be used by a wider world community.