This one discusses English and Dravidian and their roots. I hope you all find it as interesting as I did:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/ ... -dravidian
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Slava: An interesting and informative reference. While modern English, even middle English, did come from a layer of French words over a basically Germanic language, the idea that this was a Norman French infusion is highly disputed by some linguists, Charlton Laird for example. A listing of French words as they came into the English language, seems to indicate the fusion postdates the Norman rule of England and comes from a more standard French.
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