Tag: Germanic languages

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…


Linguistic Maps Of Europe | Languages Of Europe

Below are represented 10 distinct maps which showcase the languages spoken in Europe. According to the mainstream linguistic classification, in Europe there are 6 major Indo-European language families, namely Romance, Slavic, Germanic, Baltic, Celtic, and Hellenic (alongside a non-Indo-European family, specifically the Finno-Ugric linguistic branch which comprises Hungarian, Finnish, and Estonian). Beside the aforementioned branches,…


10 Interesting Linguistic Facts About The German Language

Below is a list consisting of 10 interesting linguistic facts you should know about the German language. Thus, without further ado, here are the facts: 1) German is a Germanic language, part of the West Germanic sub-branch, and is spoken by around 110 million native speakers worldwide, of whom most live in Germany, Switzerland, Austria,…