Reconstruction talk:Proto-Germanic/darnijaną

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Why should Frankish have an initial t-? The French "Trésor informatisé" says so, but it doesn't make sense, does it? French ternir will be from Old High German. Kolmiel (talk) 18:07, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

The problem is that Frankish, as a language, was part of a larger dialect continuum that included High German. The people of France borrowed terms from any nearby Germanic dialect, not just Frankish alone (which may not even be a real language anyway) and they considered them one language despite the High German sound shift. The Oaths of Strasbourg, for example, feature Charles the bald speaking Old High German, although he was the ruler of West Francia, and the text refers to the language as simply "vernacular" ("teudisca lingua"). —CodeCat 18:30, 27 April 2016 (UTC)