From: Rick McCallister
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick McCallister______________________________________________________________________
> > On Wikipedia I saw an article that claims that the
> > Eastern Britons were Belgae who spoke languages
> > closely related to Ango-Saxon, which accounts for
> > general lack of Celtic substrate in Old English.
> > claims that no Celtic inscriptions are found in E.
> > Briton. My impression was that it saw Belgae as
> > essentially a Celtic influenced form of Germanic
> > similar to Frankish.
> > I'd like to hear from the rest of you regarding
> It's the recent theory of Stephen Oppenheimer (The
> Origins of the
> British) He thinks that celtic people did not arrive
> from eastern
> Europe through Germany but from the south-east of
> Europe. What seems
> to be true is that genetic studies have shown that
> western celtic
> people have a lot in common with the Basques for
> instance. So the
> oldest human stock might be non-celtic people who
> adopted celtic
> languages, in Ireland namely. About the Belgae it is
> difficult to
> know if Oppenheimer is right or not. There are
> perhaps less celtic
> toponyms east of the Rhine than west, but Germany
> has nevertheless
> many celtic toponyms too.
> Michel Morvan.
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