[b-hebrew] Aviv and Exodus 9:31
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Jan 18 15:20:15 EST 2010
On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM, Stoney Breyer <
stoneyb at touchwoodcreative.com> wrote:
> Respecting Randall Buth's suggestion that loss of the Hebrew names for the
> months reflect outside contact and influence from strata of power in a
> society, Karl Randolph writes
> Things like this tend not to cross linguistic lines except
> when one language falls out of daily usage. I take this as just one of
> several clues that lead to my conclusion that the daily use of the Hebrew
> language was lost.
> Neither English nor German has ever "fallen out of daily usage", yet the
> month names in both are of Latin origin.
> Modern English is a creole, a mixture of Old English and medieval French,
with a massive dollop of Latin with other languages mixed into the mess.
Only a fairly small percentage of modern English is from Old English, mainly
words that are in the most common spoken use.
German is a better example, why I used the word “tend” instead of saying
“never”. Even there, does this represent a change over from a lunar month
system to a solar one?
Karl W. Randolph.
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