Anonymous asked: CONLANGING IS AWESOME CONLANGING IS GOOD AND HOW COME MY OLD-ENGLISH PROFESSOR NEVER MENTIONED ANYTHING ABOUT THE 4-WAY NEGATION/AFFIRMATION THING OMG
WELL IT’S CERTAINLY… IT’S A HOBBY. I was trying to come up with a naming language and picked up the Language Construction Kit book and now I’m sort of. Wandering in the wilderness of cases. Fuck the instrumental!!! I just wanted a locative!!! WHY MUST LANGUAGES HAVE REGULARLY INCREASING NUMBERS OF CASES?? HOW DOES PRONOUN???? WHY IS ADJECTIVE
Anyway, I think he might not have mentioned it because it may not have been a very prominent feature of Old English! It was followed much more enthusiastically in Middle and Early Modern English. (Chaucer follows it almost perfectly and so does Mallory, though Wycliffe less so.) It’s weird to me that I’ve never seen it before too. As far as I can tell, it’s because More is the only documented person to lay out the rule, in a book that was so massive it was partially lost and never widely reprinted in any form.
I see Marsh points out that Cranmer also used “No” instead of “Nay” in his translation of John, which is—well, I want to say hilarious, but also historically interesting! Stylistic overlap between Tyndale and Cranmer has shaped a lot of formal English style and idiom, between the KJV and the Book of Common Prayer, and I don’t really know much about it.