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Hi, I'm Odile, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom

Heer Halewyn

Heer Halewyn - Anonymous,  Luc de Jaegher A nice rendition, with illustrations, of this Mediaeval Dutch murder ballad.

The downside, though interesting, is a rather wartime-fascist-collaborator afterword (it was 1944 after all) by a scholar, Bert Ranke, trying to distill a message of 'germanic female strength' from the song. I guess that's what one was supposed to do at the time, but aside from being a little far-fetched at times, the essay isn't helped by the author's disparaging comments on the 'judeification' of society...