Germanic and Celtic (was Re: Verb-second ... verb-penultimate languages?)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 24, 2006, 18:35|
On Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:59:20 +0100, Peter Bleackley wrote:
> This raises a question - how closely are Celtic (VSO) languages related to
> Germanic (V2) languages? I know that the Germanic peoples acquired their
> exonym because in Caesar's time they were allies (germani) of the Celts,
> and that Celtic culture originally appeared around the headwaters of the
> Danube, which is now a German speaking area.
Of course, both are Indo-European, and have been neighbours for centuries
- but other than that, Germanic and Celtic are not considered especially
closely related by most linguists, I think.
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