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From: "Ken Nordtvedt" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Fwd: Celts descended from Spanish fishermen, study finds
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:31:31 -0600
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You picked a poor example for your case. The elite can always decide what
language they, themselves, speak, or is "official". The challenge is to get
the masses to speak your court tonque. They failed. The "professions" did
create a channel for many French, Latin, and Greek-based words to enter
English, but if you look at the basic 1000 most common words used in
everyday speech, the vast majority are from the Germanic AngloSaxon

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From: "Dora Smith" <>
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Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Fwd: Celts descended from Spanish fishermen, study finds


> Ruling aristocracies ahve the ability to shape the
> language of a people. That is how French came to have such an impact on
> teh English language. Hardly enough Normans came to England to
> genetically
> overwhelm the population. Actually, enough Normans came to take and hold
> military control. But for hundreds of years French was the official
> language of England. To interact with the aristocracy, hold power,
> trade,
> enter the church, interact in polite company, you had to speak French.



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