Sunday, 23 August 2009
Oh my goodness, finally a windmill!!! And some language : )
and some cows... coos
The Frisian Islands are an archipelago of Islands spread along the eastern edge of the North Sea along the coasts of the Netherlands and Germany. Now for the rest of the story. Contemporary Celts, most noteably the Irish and the Scots, speak an Anglo-Frisian language just as their English and American-English counterparts do. Here's how. Anglo-Frisian is a subdivision of Germanic languages, which is in turn divided into several sub-categories:
------Anglo-Frisian, or Insular Anglo-Frisian, Languages--English and Scots (as opposed to Scots-Gaelic, which is Celtic)
------Frisian, or Continental Anglo-Frisian--West Frisian, Saterland Frisian, or East Frisian, and North Frisian
Anglo-Frisian languages are characterized by the palatalization of the Proto-Germanic k to a coronal affricate between front vowels. In other words, English speakers say cheese instead of kase (German) or kaas (Dutch). Nevertheless, it is also noticeable that English and Scots have a similar vocabulary to Dutch and German. English church is Scots kirk, Dutch kerk, and German kirche.
Highland Scots* may be Celtic, and a few still speak Scottish Gaelic just as their Irish cousins many speak Irish Gaelic. However, many of the inhabitants of Scotland (more specifically 1.5 million of them), Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland speak a version of English known as "braid" (or broad) Scots, which is part of the Anglo-Frisian language family.
Basically, many of us in the north of the British Isles speak Germanic sounding languages... And many of our words are the same as Frisian today... We in the north of England say, 'Broon coo', for Brown Cow... The Dutch/Frisian is identical...