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Thread #22617   Message #3343706
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
26-Apr-12 - 04:56 PM
Thread Name: Origin: High Germany
Subject: RE: Origin: High Germany
Do we all agree that the bulk of the 18th and early 19th C. broadsides are more flowery in language than, say, those of the 1840s and after?

Keith, the point isn't whether a literate seaman could write a song - or even a book - in a conventional literate style. It's whether a scarcely educated person could do so, and how likely it would be for his or her song to spread throughout the country without the aid of print.