OE is merely Modern Icelandic with a few extra letters, Darek! I studied some Old Norse once at university, and was amazed at the similarities to Icelandic. No surprise, of course, for either of us. Superficially though, you must admit once might be fooled for a minute-:))
Let's start with the keyboard.
This is the Icelandic one:
I hope you can look close and find the differences, including some characters that are present in one but not in the other (no scary stuff will jump at you from the screen while you concentrate on analyzing the keyboard layouts)
Now let's look at the Icelandic and OE:Modern Icelandic
Faðir vor, þú sem er á himnum.
Helgist þitt nafn, til komi þitt ríki,
verði þinn vilji svo á jörðu sem á himni.Old Norse:
Faþer vár es ert í himenríki, verði nafn þitt hæilagt
Til kome ríke þitt, værði vili þin
sva a iarðu sem í himnum.OE
(circa 1000 AD)
Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum
si þin nama gehalgod
tobecume þin rice
They are certainly similar. So is Polish and English. It's just a question of the degree of the similarities. Still, all three above are different languages.
And yes, I too, had to study old Germanic texts at one time. The stress, of course, was on Old English and the cannon was the usual Caedmon, Bede, and Cynewulf
Not sure you caught my drift either, old man. I was only saying that language decline is not limited to any one language. English has been in a constant state of evolution, perhaps more than most extant languages, yet there's nothing per se to indicate that English has necessarily been in a steady process of decline.
So you caught the drift after all.
Not that I like the changes that have been taking place lately in Polish or English, but this is how languages work. They change.
To that effect, English appears to be a victim of its own success when it comes to the rapid pace of the changes. The development of the new communication technologies is certainly a major factor too. I was dismayed to learn, a few weeks ago, about a younger linguist in the local university who distributed her notes that included all kinds of lol
, btwc u
and such. All I can say to that is WTF.