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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
(here Edinburgh’s Royal Mile)
where English comes with shades of Scots
Language information: English is currently the most important language in the world. Its origin is
highly complex. It began as a mixture of Anglish, Old Saxon, 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 East
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.
Scottish English is often
confused with Scots, but the two are quite distinct. “Scottish English” correctly denotes any English dialect that is specific to Scotland, whereas
Scots is a separate language, although closely related to English. Typically,
Scottish English varieties have Scots substrates. In other words, superimposed
on Scots varieties they have taken on Scots features and borrowings.
Indo-European > Germanic > Western > Anglo-Scots > English