Posted by Art on July 03, 1998 at 20:28:12:
In response to Interesting!, written by Caroline on July 02, 1998 at 22:41:30
If you refer to the information about the geographic distribution of thee/thou and the gradual withering away of the usage I would direct you to "A History of the English Language" by Albert Baugh, a very good general introduction to the subject. I'm American, not English, so I don't have any experience of present day usage in Yorkshire, but it was fascinating to discover that it's still used occasionally. As a Quaker I do indeed have direct experience of the remnants of "plain speech" among that group, and grieve to see it go. As it happens, my ancestors were from Kirk by Moorside, a few miles outside York in, I think, the North Riding 300 years ago.
- Friendly Persuasion Ken 08:10:29 7/07/98 (2)
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