RE: Redheads descended from Neanderthals?

From: Jan de Koning (
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 10:24:05 EST

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    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.
    >Chuck Vandergraaf
    >Pinawa, MB


    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
    is spoken.
    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
    Toronto, Ont.

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