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(without typos) from the publisher. 1878. Excerpt: ... were Keltic.
Their language, therefore, must have been Teutonic, and in fact it
was that form of the Platt-Deutsch which has been erroneously
called Anglo-Saxon. Those who hold the opinion that the so-called
AngloSaxon language was that which the Anglo-Saxon spoke on his
advent, and imposed upon his new subjects to the suppression of
their own Keltic and Latin, are hopelessly refuted by the nature
and character of the language itself, as I shall hereafter more
particularly show; and it is a most decisive circumstance in regard
to this fact, that we find no statement or intimation anywhere in
the records which have come down to us, that during the historic
period of the Anglo-Saxon rule, after the speaking of Latin was
discontinued,1 that there was any other than a common
language--that which is familiar to us under the erroneous name of
Anglo-Saxon. Of this common language we have specimens in all its
dialects. These linguistically are four only--West Saxon, Mercian,
East Anglian and Northumbrian. The first, the dialect of the entire
kingdom of the West Saxons, was also the language of Kent, Sussex
and Essex. Of this language, the oldest examples transmitted to us
belong to Kent. I allude to the laws of JEthelbert, and the
boundaries stated vernacularly in a charter of that king.2 There is
no reason to suppose that the laws are modernized, the more
particularly as in their present appearance they present
archaicisms. Now the language of these documents is a pure and rich
Teutonic, closely allied to the Frisian and to the Platt-Deutsch of
the continent. 1 Seepost. 1 Kemble, vol. 1, p. 1, Charter dated
April 18, A.d. 604. There is probably a still older specimen of the
Kentish dialect in existence. A well-known collection of laws
attributes itself in its own proem to the Kentish kings...
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