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Actually, Dutch is part of the Frankish branch of the West-Germanic  
branch, while English appears to be a creole of the Frisian and  
Niedersassich/Low Saxon/Plattdeutsch branches. The settlers grouped  
under the aegis of Horsa and Hengist appear to have come from Greater  
Frisia, Lower Saxony around the mouths of the Elbe, and along the  
Jutish coast; the Frankish expansion occurred southwards into what is  
now France.

Wesley Parish

So Dutch is probably as closely related to English as High German.

On 16/12/2012, at 11:25 PM, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Dutch?. Why do people always have to project their national  
> language onto the origins of English. Like Dutch, but also like  
> High and Low German, and Frisian, English is an offshoot of the  
> West-Germanic branch of Germanic. They share several common  
> innovations such as WG gemination and loss of the masc. nomonative  
> ending /z/. Dutch is no more closely related to English than  
> Frisian and Low German.
> Dan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On 16.12.2012, at 09:06, yuri <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> English has Dutch at its core, with a lot of borrowings from many
>> languages on top of the Dutch kernel.
>>
>> Yuri de Groot