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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Red Moon
Kim Stanley Robinson
Progress: 26/446 pages
Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 28/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 385/615 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 60/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 315 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

"7% of the basic vocabulary" of English has Old Norse roots.

 

The widespread introduction of Germanic languages to Britain may have been facilitated by widespread depoulation of the local Celts by the first arrival of bubonic plague - the native languages would have been a minority in the region of Saxon settlement.