Thursday, 10 July 2014
Multiverse: A Linguistic Detail
This is a minor detail but English becomes:
Anglish in Gregory Benford's "Bloodpride" (p. 331);
Anglic in Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization;
Angelic in Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's post-CoDominium Empire of Man.
Unless my memory is playing tricks in that third case? If not, then the addition of that single letter "e" is brilliant because "Angelic" links both to Anderson's "Anglic" and to the fact that the Empire of Man is officially Christian.
These word roots have been linked before. When one of the two St Augustines saw slaves being unloaded from a boat and inquired as to their identity, he was told, "Angli," and responded, "Non Angli sed angeli" (not Angles but angels). Augustine traveled to England (=Angle-land), converted its south-east corner to Christianity and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury or Primate of England.
(On reflection, I prefer Anderson's terms "Ythrians" and "Deathpride" to Benford's "Ythris" and "bloodpride.")