ergo asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

is english a germanic language ?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    Essentially, although it has had tremendous influence from other languages, like Romance ones (Norman French in particular).

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes.  The majority opinion is that it's an Ingvaeonic language related to Frisian, which makes it West Germanic, but a minority opinion is that it's Scandinavian.  Whatever else is true, the Danish invasions had a Scandinavian influence on Old English.  The Norman Conquest then led to it adopting a huge number of Norman French words.

  • John P
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    4 weeks ago

    Yes, Germanic languages are the basis in normal everyday language, and generally in grammar patterns. 

    Many upper-level words come from Latinate sources, sometimes via French - a good example is:  kingly (German);  regal (Latin);  royal (French) - obviously all three forms have been altered when taken into English.   Words ending '-tion' are direct from Latin, not via French etc.

    We also 'borrow' words from languages around the world, think of:  kiosk;  tattoo; curry;  fiesta;  canoe;  kayak.    Americans have many Spanish words which are not used in British English - words such as sierra;  canyon;  lariat;  rodeo;  Las Vegas;  vamoose;  pueblo.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Definitely yes, westgermanic like Scots, Frisian, Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans

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