Category: Linguistics

Could English Be A North Germanic (Scandinavian) Language?

The English language as we know it today is descended from Old English, a Germanic language which was brought by the Angles and Saxons during the Early Middle Ages in Britain, hence being alternatively known as Anglo-Saxon. In the wake of the Anglo-Saxon settlement, the Norse incursions, and the Norman conquest after the Battle of…


The Dialect Of English Which Was Shaped By The Vikings

The Northumbrian dialect is an extinct dialect of the English language. During the early Middle Ages it was a dialect of Old English that was spoken in the former Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria (currently divided between northern England and southern Scotland). During the late part of the 8th century, the Northumbrian dialect came in contact with…


20 Common Words Of Old Norse Origin In The English Language

As in the case of each and every language spoken in the world, borrowed words from other idioms are very common and English is certainly no exception when it comes to this lexical enrichment method. The English language as we know it today has been influenced very much during the Middle Ages. The first major phase…


A Brief History Of The Transylvanian Saxon Dialect

The Transylvanian Saxon dialect is a dialect of the German language that was mainly spoken in Transylvania, Romania prior to 1989, before most of the Transylvanian Saxons emigrated abroad. In Transylvanian Saxon, the dialect is known as ‘Siwweberjesch Såksesch’  (often simplified as ‘Såksesch’), whereas in standard German it is known as ‘Siebenbürgersächsisch’ or as ‘Die…


The Correct Semantic Usage Of The Term “Viking”

This brief article showcases the correct semantic usage of the term “Viking”. Many people tend to mistake the term “Viking” for the broader sense of all Norsemen (i.e. the early medieval Scandinavians). In fact, the term only denotes the occupation of a Norseman and not the ethnicity of the respective individual. Regarding the etymology of…