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Genesis and Evolution of the
Romance-Germanic Language Border in Europe

Luc van Durme

After a discussion of the various language border theories for the Belgian-Northern
French area, a status quaestionis summarises the results of 40 years’ research into the
development of the Romance-Germanic language border at large. Not a prehistoric
Celtic-Germanic, but a late Roman Latin-Germanic opposition has functioned as a
direct predisposition for the early medieval Romance-Germanic language border. In
the last section microtoponymy is considered a promising approach for future investigation. http://www.multilingual-matters.net/jmmd/023/0009/jmmd0230009.pdf