Yes, I do (often) get certain similar events, peoples and items mixed up. Comes from having such a broad (though shallow) base of knowledge. I will agree I got it wrong on English being a Romance language. Don't remember where I read that, I think it was a textbook in Elementary, but then again, I may have just pieced a few things together incorrectly in my memory. Thus the not-so authoritative "to my knowledge" disclaimer on that one.
However, I Was correct in my statement that the language of the day and place was Germanic before the coming of the Romans.
Sorry that is not correct.
The language was not Germanic before the coming of the Romans.
It was Celtic. There is a theory that "English" as a or proto-English existed in Britton before Rome came, but the vast majority of scholar believe this is false and the only languages spoken were all Celtic (Gaelic) in origin. The closest living ancestor of what that language was that was being spoken in present day "England" is Welsh. it is thought they those Celto-Romans fled to Wales because it had natural fortification due to the foothills and mountains so it was not easy for the Anglo-Saxons (and Jutes) to conqueror the area. Wales/Welsh is a Germanic word the Germanic tribes gave to the inhabitants which means "foreigner or stranger"...there are variations of this used all over Europe where Germanic people came into contact with non-Germans (Wallonia, Wallachia)
Edited by LongMa, 07 January 2009 - 07:49 AM.