English as an Atlanic Language

iffr762 at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu iffr762 at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu
Sat Jan 30 14:26:13 UTC 1999

On Thu, 28 Jan 1999, Theo Vennemann wrote:

> English is an exception. Having developed on an Insular Celtic substratum,
> it is (mildly) "transformed" Germanic. As a consequence, it is structurally
> more similar to Insular Celtic (and, by transitivity, to Atlantic) than the
> other Germanic languages, but not to the same high degree as Insular Celtic
> is to Atlantic.

	Yes.  Isn't it past time we retired the quaint notion that there
is no Celtic influence in English?  If we know where to look (grammar
rather than lexicon or phonology), Celtic influence is pervasive in


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