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Re: Gender in language (was Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: <snip>])

On Sat, 25 Oct 2003 08:00:53 +0100
Oliver Elphick <olly@lfix.co.uk> wrote:

> On Fri, 2003-10-24 at 12:12, David Palmer. wrote:
> ...
> > Most of our modern knowledge of the Celts
> > comes from the Roman campaigners' reports, in particular Julius Caesar
> > who fought a protracted campaign against the Celts in Britain, as the
> > Celts had an oral history not written.
> There are Welsh records going back a very long way before Caesar, and
> giving the native view of his campaign.  See
> http://www.ldolphin.org/cooper/ch4.html

Yes, my maternal grandfather could recite in the old way, the history of my mothers' clan. It was from him that I learnt, and have since had verified that the name of Pollitt comes from before the middle ages, and not since, and not at all based on the English Polled or Pollard as some authorities would have it.
Unfortunately, he died when I was seven, so he didn't have time to teach me enough. But what an example of a man to provide guidance.


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