MrTattieHeid wrote:Perhaps they are as closely related as the Germanic and Nordic languages. Any thoughts on that, Bernie, Christian, et al.?
I'm not an expert on Celtic languages either (neither
?). All I know is that most of the Celtic (Gaul) tribes living in Central Europe were expelled or just absorbed by Germanic tribes coming in from Northern Germany and Scandinavia. The Celtic tribes in my Eifel-region close to the Belgian border were the 'Eburones
', closely related to the Belgae
, another Gaul tribe. You'll find some interesting archeological hints around here, some Celtic 'oppidae' as close as 30km from where I live - and - of course - some of those suspicious local names.
BTW - 'Wales' and 'Welsh' are originally Germanic expressions (as you'll find in Cornwall
as well). In the 19th century nationalistic Germans referred to France and the French speaking parts of Switzerland and Belgium as "Welschland".
"It may be the result of an early borrowing (in the 4th century BC) of the Celtic tribal name Volcae into early Germanic (becoming the Proto-Germanic *Walh-, "Foreigner" and the suffixed form *Walhisk-). The Volcae were one of the Celtic peoples that barred, for two centuries, the southward expansion of the German tribes in central Germany on the line of the Harz mountains and into Saxony and Silesia"
(For further information you may take a look at wikipedia