ergo asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

is english a germanica language ?

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*germanic 

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  • Zirp
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    4 weeks ago
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    Yes, a westgermanic one, just like Scots, Frisian, Dutch, Flemish and German

    Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic are northgermanic.

    The east-germanic languages are extinct.

    English has adopted a lot of words from Latin and (in the wake of 1066) normandy-french, but that does not make it a romanic language

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, and it's also a romance language. We have two influences on the development of English - the Germanic influence from old Anglo-Saxon and Danish, and the Latin from the French invasion of England in 1066. This is why we have so many words for the same thing, one 'everyday version' (Germanic) like 'tooth' and one more formal or official version like 'dentist' (Latin).

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