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How old and which languages derives from it ?

 
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anchuria
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: How old and which languages derives from it ? Reply with quote

Trying to find out how old the German language is and which other languages derives from it ?

If anyone knows this, let me know your answer :)

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Anchuria
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mad



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know English comes from anlgo-saxon which comes from German.
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ledzeppelin



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

English Scots Afrikaans Dutch Low German Standard German Yiddish Gothic Icelandic Faroese Swedish Danish Norwegian (Bokmål) Norwegian (Nynorsk)


for more here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_languages
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standard German, as we know it today, is actually an invention by Martin Luther. He made up a combination of Northern and Southern German dialects, so that his translation will reach wider ranges. Don't forget that at that time there had been no "Germany" or any kind of feeling for a German state as a whole but dozens of little kingdoms and principalities.


For reading more about German dialects, I recommend this page: http://www.ex.ac.uk/~pjoyce/dialects/diagen.html .

Note that the Sorbian languages are not of Germanic origin but of Slavic, and are in many aspects more conservative than Modern Polish.
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