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3rd Dec 2012, 11:32 PM
Hi.

I wonder why is English a Germanic language? In that case I believe that English talking people have moved from east once? I don't have anything against Germans, just asking
 
 
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27th Dec 2012, 2:04 AM
All Germanic languages are thought to be descended from a hypothetical Proto-Germanic, united by subjection to the sound shifts of Grimm's law and Verner's law. These probably took place during the Pre-Roman Iron Age of Northern Europe from c. 500 BC.

Proto-Germanic itself was likely spoken after c. 500 BC, and Proto-Norse from the 2nd century AD and later is still quite close to reconstructed Proto-Germanic, but other common innovations separating Germanic from Proto-Indo-European suggest a common history of pre-Proto-Germanic speakers throughout the Nordic Bronze Age.



 
 
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27th Dec 2012, 2:07 AM
So all English are in that case Germans

Joking, but really interesting too see.
 
 
 
   
   
 
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