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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
Location: Friendswood, Texas, USA
y name is Mike Chirillo and I am an undergraduate Bassoon Performance and German Studies major at the College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati. My hometown is, however, the pleasant city of Friendswood, Texas (a small semi-suburb of Houston).
One of the most interesting things I find in the field of linguistics is how language and music seem to reflect one another (ever thought about Sibelius and Finnish? It’s really quite amazing). It’s wonderful to be able to fuse my areas of study together. I lived in Europe when I was younger and fell in love with the Dutch language and the culture that it encompasses. Consequently, I have continued my studies of the language in the States. I have also cultivated an interest in Afrikaans and how it developed from the Dutch Riebeck and his colonizers brought to the Cape. I plan on writing my senior thesis next school year (05/06) on an Afrikaner topic (perhaps their tradition of music?) and, hopefully, will be traveling this summer to Cape Town to spend a session at the University of the Western Cape to further investigate my options.
I find this list to be an optimal meeting place for people worldwide to discuss the languages of the lowlands and believe that it will be a priceless source of knowledge for my thesis next year.