- capitalgentlemanLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Essentially, although it has had tremendous influence from other languages, like Romance ones (Norman French in particular).
- nineteenthlyLv 73 weeks ago
Yes. The majority opinion is that it's an Ingvaeonic language related to Frisian, which makes it West Germanic, but a minority opinion is that it's Scandinavian. Whatever else is true, the Danish invasions had a Scandinavian influence on Old English. The Norman Conquest then led to it adopting a huge number of Norman French words.
- John PLv 73 weeks ago
Yes, Germanic languages are the basis in normal everyday language, and generally in grammar patterns.
Many upper-level words come from Latinate sources, sometimes via French - a good example is: kingly (German); regal (Latin); royal (French) - obviously all three forms have been altered when taken into English. Words ending '-tion' are direct from Latin, not via French etc.
We also 'borrow' words from languages around the world, think of: kiosk; tattoo; curry; fiesta; canoe; kayak. Americans have many Spanish words which are not used in British English - words such as sierra; canyon; lariat; rodeo; Las Vegas; vamoose; pueblo.
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
Definitely yes, westgermanic like Scots, Frisian, Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans