This is a bit post mega but I'm confused.
We are told that Kent was occupied by Jutes. We are told that the Jutes came from Jutland.
The dialect areas of England can be traced back quite clearly to the Germanic tribes which came and settled in Britain from the middle of the 5th century onwards. There were basically three tribal groups among the earlier settlers in England: the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. The Angles came from the area of Angeln (roughly the Schleswig-Holstein of today), the Saxons from the area of east and central Lower Saxony and the Jutes from the Jutland peninsula which forms west Denmark today. The correlation between original tribe and later English dialect is as follows:
Germanic tribes and regions in England where they mainly settled
Saxons — South of the Thames (West Saxon area)
Angles — Middle and Northern England (Mercia and Northumbria), including lowland Scotland
Jutes — South-East of England (Kent)
The coastal area of Saxony is quite near to the land of the Angles and Jutes. So I would assume they had very similar languages or dialects. Yet once in England they split off from each other.
For all purposes of intercommunication, these leading dialects were as powerful barriers as are separate and distinctive languages at the present day.
http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Resea ... 006-07.pdf
We are further told that the Northumbrian language was influenced by Scandinavian. But surely they were all Scandinavian to some extent anyway, especially Jutish and Anglish.
The English of the North, however, was very different from that of the South, not only in grammatical in-flexions, but also in vocabulary and in the pronunciation of words common to each.
I will not here enter into the geographical limits and distribution of these linguistic divisions. It will be sufficient for our present purpose to speak of our old dialects under the terms Southern, Midland, and North-ern, or, as they are sometimes designated, West-Saxon, Mercian, and Northumbrian.
What happened to Jutish? From what I have read so far that disappears from the article altogether and the 'southern' language is from henceforth known as 'West-Saxon'. And while we're at it what happened to the East Saxon and South Saxon or Mid Saxon?
I miss the Jutes and their poetic tongue.