German Language

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Present and earlier forms of German, English, Dutch-Flemish, Afrikaans,Yiddish, Frisian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faeroese belong to the family of languages called Germanic. These languages are a branch of the Indo-European language family.

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German LanguageGERMANIC LANGUAGESPresent and earlier forms of German, English, Dutch-Flemish, Afrikaans,Yiddish, Frisian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faeroese belongto the family of languages called Germanic. These languages are a branch ofthe Indo-European language family. Of these, English has the largest number ofspeakers, considerably more than 300 million.For some language families there are written records of the parentlanguage. The Romance languages, for example, are derived from Latin. But inthe case of the Germanic family, there are no records of the parent language,called by linguists Proto-Germanic. There are, however, historical evidencesof Germanic provided by isolated words and names recorded by Latin authorsbeginning in the 1st century BC, and after AD 200 there are Scandinavianinscriptions. The earliest extensive Germanic text is

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