One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The western group of Germanic languages, comprising High and Low German, Dutch, Frisian, and English.
- ‘Today, Germanic languages and peoples fall into two groups: North Germanic or Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese), and West Germanic (German, English, and Frisian).’
Relating to West Germanic.
- ‘Danish is a North Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Swedish, and is also related to the West Germanic languages, including German and English.’
- ‘The English language is a West Germanic language that originated in England.’
- ‘Early Anglo-Saxon is a conservative West Germanic tongue, showing so little in the way of Celtic or Latin influence that a prolonged period of mass bilingualism is out of the question.’
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