Archive for November, 2014

Dying and Rising Gods

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

I knew that Frazer’s claim in his Golden Bough of a widespread myth of a dying and resurrected god had been heavily discounted amongst later researchers, but I still thought that the general template he presented was applicable to a significant number of myths, and not just around the Mediterranean. ...

A Decent Left Book Club

Monday, November 10th, 2014

At Harry’s Place Gene is seeking suggestions for a list of books that are appropriate for the ‘Decent Left’. His readers are an erudite bunch and have come up with a vast number of suggestions. I’ve collected the good suggestions from that post and its comments here. Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: ...

The Great Vowel Shift

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Over the course of several centuries beginning in the early 15th (probably) in the South of England (probably) there were a series of regular unconditioned (= not affected by their phonetic environment) vowel changes that affected the long vowels of ME. Those vowels were raised - or if they were ...