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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
region of great beauty with a history of widespread poverty,
Appalachia is a cultural and linguistic treasure trove.
English is currently the most important language in the world. Its origin and
variety are highly complex. It began as a mixture of Anglish, Old
Jutish, Old Frisian and possibly other Old Germanic varieties imported from
the Continental Lowlands, as well as numerous Medieval Latin loans. The resulting
Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) language came to supplant most Celtic language
varieties of Britain. Viking and Norman invasions resulted in layers of Scandinavian
and Norman French influences. English morphology underwent radical simplification,
and this caused the syntax to lose much of its earlier flexibility. Dialectical
diversity is considerable, the most densely occurring diversity being in the
British Isles and Ireland, followed closely by the North American
Coast, especially New England and Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Having changed
little since the fourteenth century, today’s English orthography is one of the
most historical systems and takes much time and effort to master. Appalachian is a very distinct
English dialect group spoken in the Great Smoky Mountains region and in other
regions along the Appalachian Mountain Chain
in the eastern part of the United States of America. Traditionally, there has
these dialects in the American population at large. Being often referred to
as “Hillbilly Talk,” they tend to be considered hallmarks of poor education.
in recent decades Appalachian studies have contributed to an improving image,
collection of information and instilling pride in Appalachian heritage.
Historical Lowlands language contacts: English, [Scots?]
Indo-European > Germanic > Western > Anglo-Scots > English > American > Eastern