Tag: Germanic languages

The Language Of The Norsemen – Old Norse And Its Dialects

Old Norse (autonym: ‘Dönsk tunga’ – ‘Danish tongue’) was a an Old Germanic language spoken by the ancient Indo-European inhabitants of Scandinavia (i.e. the Norsemen) as well as by their descendants in the North Atlantic colonies of the Viking Age (e.g. the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, England, Ireland, and Vinland) over the course of the…


The History Of The Transylvanian Saxons

The Transylvanian Saxons (or ‘Die Siebenbürger Sachsen’ as they are known in German) are perhaps the most significant major German ethnic group of Romania and doubtlessly one of the most renowned from Central Europe. They are part of the broader Romanian-German group (known in German as ‘Rumäniendeutsche’) alongside the Bukovina Germans (indigenous to Bukovina, north-eastern…


Classification Of The Germanic Languages Spoken In Europe

The Germanic languages form a linguistic sub-branch of the Indo-European languages. They are divided into three additional sub-groups as follows: West Germanic (English, German, Low German, Dutch, Frisian, Scots, Afrikaans, Yiddish, Luxembourgish) North Germanic (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese, Elfdalian) East Germanic – extinct sub-group (Gothic, Burgundian, Vandalic) Statistics I) West Germanic languages 1) English…


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…


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…