At 09:38 AM 29/01/02 -0500, Vandergraaf, Chuck wrote:
>Frisians apparently originated from an area around southern Sweden and
>Denmark and migrated southwards, possibly as far as Bennekom (sp?) in the
>Netherlands. Frisians may have settled in Kent (UK). There certainly are
>linguistic links with some of the Scandinavian languages.
They may have been that "far" south, but due to the St.Elisabeth's flood
they must have been cut off. Between Bennekom and Friesland used to be the
Zuiderzee (South sea). South of the Zuiderzee a germanic dialect was and
Linguistic links of Friesian and English and Scandinavian (exclude Finnish,
which is a group by itself) are more noticeable than between Friesian and
The strange thing is, that the Gronings dialect and the Low German of
northern Germany are almost indistinguishible
but that group cuts the Friesian language off from the Scandinavian
languages. I don't know how far Low German has invaded Denmark.
Jan de Koning
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