AW: English is a Scandinavian language?

Martin Kümmel mjkuemmel at WEB.DE
Fri Nov 30 08:56:13 UTC 2012

Dear colleague,

I'm not sure whether that topic should be discussed on LINGTYP.
I have seen that posted on facebook several times. The reaction of
historical linguistis (including my own) was very critical, to say the
least. The approach as given in these media articles obviously has no clear
definition of language relationship and does not discuss most crucial
points, e.g., the fact that the larger part of the English basic vocabulary
and grammatical elements must be derived from OE and not from Scandinavian,
or the very interesting syntactic difference that (mainland) Scandinavian is
V2 while English isn't.
However, we should wait for a proper scientific publication.


Martin Kümmel

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Dear colleagues,

I would like to ask you if anyone has heard of this, and 
if there have been any reactions:


Giorgio F. Arcodia

Dr. Giorgio Francesco Arcodia
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
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