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By Wilkie, John Ritchie; Chambers, William Walker

ISBN-10: 1317918525

ISBN-13: 9781317918523

This easy creation to the historical past of the German language seeks to supply scholars who've a few wisdom of contemporary German, yet no wisdom both of its improvement or of linguistic theories, with a quick account of the basic elements - chronological, geographical and linguistic - and their interrelation. the fabric is prepared in 3 components. the 1st strains the heritage of the German language from its origins in Indo-European in the course of the pre-documentary Germanic interval and the center a while to the current day. within the moment half the improvement of the German vocabulary.

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Diamond, The history and origin of language, 1959 Alexander Jóhannesson, Origin of language: four essays, 1949 Géza Révész, The origins and prehistory of language, 1956 Richard A. Wilson, The miraculous birth of language, 1937 Bernhard Rosenkranz, Der Ursprung der Sprache: ein linguistisch-anthropologischer Versuch, 1961 1 For books on the origin of language see p. 8. 2 For introductions to the study of language see p. 7. D. But German does not exist in isolation; it has close connections with other languages.

Chapter 1, pp. 4, 5). 6 We know nothing about the racial composition of ‘Indo-European’ society. The name indicates a linguistic community and nothing more. Nor is it possible to say that the speakers of modern Indo-European languages are the descendants of the ancient speakers of Indo-European. 7 This is the only correct use of the term. It should not be used to describe the whole Indo-European family – and it has no racial connotations. It must also be distinguished from Arian, which is connected with Arianism, a fourth-century Christian heresy!

Very early a few settlers had penetrated far into the north of the Scandinavian peninsula, but most migrants had turned southwards into the heart of the European continent. 1 For the period around the birth of Christ five great confederations of Germanic tribes may be discerned (on archaeological rather than linguistic evidence): the North Germani (later Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians) in Scandinavia; the East Germani (chiefly Goths, Vandals, and Burgundians) between the Oder and the Vistula, many of them very recently arrived from Scandinavia; and three groups probably corresponding to Tacitus’s Ingaevones, Istaevones, and Herminones (Germania, 2, 3): the North Sea Germani (‘Ingwäonen’; Frisians, Angles, and Saxons) on the North Sea coast; the Weser-Rhine Germani (chiefly Franks) between the Weser and the lower Rhine; and the Elbe Germani (including Alemanni, Bavarians, and Lombards) on the middle and lower Elbe.

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