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2 - The Journey Begins: The First Movement South

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2023

Peter Trudgill
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Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
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For centuries, the homeland of the Germanic people was in southern Scandinavia, butaround 1500 BC some of them set off on the journey that was to lead them to England – and then far beyond. The journey went down along the Jutland peninsula until by about 1200 BC Germanic-speaking people were occupying the whole of Jutland, as well as a small area of northern Germany from the mouth of the River Elbe to the mouth of the Oder. Here, they came in to contact with Celtic-speaking peoples.

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The Long Journey of English
A Geographical History of the Language
, pp. 17 - 30
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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Further Reading

Cunliffe, Barry. 1997. The ancient Celts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Fitzhugh, William, & Ward, Elizabeth (eds.). 2000. Vikings: the North Atlantic saga. Washington, DC: Smithsonian.Google Scholar
Heather, Peter. 1996. The Goths. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
Jarman, Catrine. 2021. River kings: a new history of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads. London: Collins.Google Scholar
Jones, Gwyn. 2001. A history of the Vikings. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Williams, Thomas. 2017. Viking Britain: a history. London: William Collins.Google Scholar

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