Frankish Language (frk)

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Also Known As: Old Frankish,Fränkisch


Old Frankish was the language of the Franks and it is classified as a West Germanic language. Once it was spoken in areas covering modern Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and adjacent parts of France and Germany. The Franks are descended from Germanic tribes from the Nordic countries that settled parts of the Netherlands and western Germany during the early Iron Age. From the 4th century they are attested as moving from the Roman Empire into what is now the southern Netherlands and northern Belgium. In the 5th and 6th century they expanded their realm and dominated Roman Gaul completely as well as client states such as Bavaria and Thuringia. Old Frankish has introduced the modern French word for the nation, France (Francia), to mean "land of the Franks". By the year 800 Frankish had evolved into Old Low Franconian (including Old Dutch) in the area that was originally held by Franks of the 4th century (e.g.Flanders), while in Valois (Picardy) and Île-de-France (Paris) it was replaced by Old French as the dominating language. Old Frankish has also left many etymons in the Walloon language, even more than in French, and not always the same ones. 

The language of the Franks managed..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Frankish Language Speakers


Main Country: Germany
Spoken In:

Regions: Europe

ISO 639-3 Code: frk

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Indo-European Group

    Germanic Group

      West Germanic Group

        High German Group

          German Group

            Frankish Language