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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
i, I’m Gary Taylor, 33 years old, and I’m
originally from the Northeast London/Essex border, although I now live in Berlin.
Looking back through
the archives I made my first tentative posting to the list back in May 2002,
having been a ‘lurker’ for a while longer. Since then, there’s been no
stopping me, being one of the more vocal list members.
I’m currently studying for my PhD in Linguistics concentrating on Germanic
dialects which is what first attracted me to the list, being fascinated by
the actual way people speak, as opposed to ‘standardised’ languages, and
this list seemed ideal as it treats dialects with respect and doesn’t
patronise. This of course includes my own dialect (‘Estuary’ English)—another
area of interest for me.
Since being on the list I’ve learnt a great deal. I naturally find
anything to do with linguistics (especially phonology and phonetics) of special
interest, which is where the majority of my contributions to the list are,
although struggling through the postings in various other English, Scots,
Frisian, Dutch and Low Saxon etc. dialects is also fun—when I’ve got the
time ... (yes, have also learnt to say ‘Low Saxon’ and not ‘Platt’ or ‘Low
German’—thanks to our Ron). I’ve been able to pose many questions relating
studies, which are usually well answered and have helped loads.
I would recommend this list to anyone who has any interest in the
Lowlands, be it linguistic, literary, culinary etc. It’s the only list I’ve
stayed with for any extended period of time, run by the very capable
Reinhard (Ron) Hahn. I’ve always found it courteous and accepting of everyone,
and a list where you feel like you know the other members—without ever
having met any of them.