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Re: Germanic and Celtic (was Re: Verb-second ... verb-penultimate languages?)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 7:53
staving Jörg Rhiemeier:
>Hallo! > >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.
I was wondering if there could have been a VSO Germano-Celtic ancestor, of which a dialect developed topic-fronting, which then branched off to become Germanic with TVSO developing into V2. Pete


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