Overview of French

Evolution of French language

The evolution of the French language over the last two thousand years has been influenced by the tongues of a variety of peoples ? from native Gauls, to Viking invaders and Germanic tribesand throughout its history, French has borrowed words and expressions from a range of linguistic traditions. While some of these, like Latin, have had a profound impact on the language, others, like Old Norse, left their traces only in specific regions of France and certain areas of the language. The history of French is one of a melding of the diverse cultures the country has come into contact with over and it's a tumultuous history.

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