Did the Franks speak French or German?

Are Franks the same as French?

So basically: “Frankish” means the early medieval inhabitants of old Roman Gaul; “French” means those inhabitants once Charlemagne’s empire was divided, there were separate rulers in both sections (the embryonic France and Germany), and the language of West Francia evolved into Old French, which was happening by the …

Did the Franks speak Dutch?

So, what language did Anne Frank Speak? Anne Frank predominately spoke Dutch and wrote her famous diary mostly with this language. She was familiar with German, though couldn’t speak it as well as Dutch.

Are the French Germanic?

French is not a Germanic language, but rather, a Latin or a Romance language that has been influenced by both Celtic languages like Gaelic, Germanic languages like Frankish and even Arabic, other Romance languages such as Spanish and Italian or more recently, English.

Why are the French called Franks?

The French are basically romanized Gauls who called their country Frankish because their kings were of Frankish descent. The original Franks are now called Dutch and Flemish – in Germany the Frankish tribes lost their identity and blended in the current German population.

What languages do we call Germanic languages?

The branch of Indo-European that English belongs to is called Germanic, and includes German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. All these languages are descended from one parent language, a dialect of Indo-European, which we can call Proto-Germanic (PG).

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Are the French descendants of the Franks?

The modern French are the descendants of mixtures including Romans, Celts, Iberians, Ligurians and Greeks in southern France, Germanic peoples arriving at the end of the Roman Empire such as the Franks and the Burgundians, and some Vikings who mixed with the Normans and settled mostly in Normandy in the 9th century.