A Research Study On The Frisian Language Essay

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For my research, I conducted an analysis of the Frisian language. Frisian is a part of the Proto-Indo-European language family, specifically the Germanic branch in the Western Germanic tradition. Frisian developed in the Western Germanic family and then it grew and changed from Old Frisian into Modern Frisian. Frisian, unlike English, has no intervening steps between Old Frisian and Modern Frisian: e.g. English developed from Old English, to Middle English, to Modern English.
According to classical sources, the Frisians traditionally inhabited the area between the Rhine or Scheldt in the West and the Ems or Weser in the East. The province of Fryslân (Dutch/English: Friesland) is one of the twelve provinces of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands. Geographically the province is located in the north-west, on the southern borders of the North Sea. It has a surface of 6.200 km2, of which 2.850 km2 is water. The total population of the province is 643,000 (2005), which is equal to approximately 190 inhabitants per km2 (Gorter: 2006).
Modern Frisian (heretofore referred to simply as “Frisian”) is considered to be the closest language that is still spoken to Old English. That being said, Modern English and Frisian are mostly unintelligible to one another as Frisian has had a strong Dutch and Low German influence as it moved from Old Frisian to Frisian. In the provincial capital Leeuwarden ( 'Ljouwert ') of Friesland, and the countryside areas—where a dialect has traditionally…

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