- claims a Norwegian philologist.
A quick-and-dirty translation (which should, of course, not be necessary between the closely related Scandinavian languages, but since it's almost <STRIKE>Christmas</STRIKE> yuletide I'll give you until New Year to get used to it )of parts of the article has
Remembering all the good fun that I have had in Tolkien fora discussing Scandinaviang linguistics, I am over-thrilled by this idea — it doesn't really matter whether it is correct or not, it will in any case be the source of much good funThe language that is now called English is actually Scandinavian, says a Norwegian linguist.
What Faarlund and his colleague, Joseph Emmonds a guest professor from Czech Palacky University, now believe that they can prove is that english in reality is a Scandinavian language, that means that it belongs to the Northern Germanic branch of languages with Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese. This is completely new and breaks with what is believed by other linguists and in general, that English is descended from Old English.
Old English died out
Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is a West-Germanic language, which the Angles and the Saxons brought from Northern Germany and Southern Jutland when they settled on the British Isles in the 400-years.
“We show that English, such as we know the language today, instead is a direct descendant of the language of the Scandinavians who settled in the British Isles through many hundreds of years before the French-speaking Normans conquered the country in 1066,” says Faarlund.
If there's an interest (and a lack of English articles about this news-item) I'll see about a complete translation when I have have a bit more time.