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GERMANIC LANGUAGES 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 Of these English has the largest number of speakers considerably more than 300 million For some language families there are written records of the parent language The Romance languages for example are derived from Latin But in the case of the Germanic family there are no records of the parent language called by linguists Proto-Germanic There are however historical evidences of Germanic provided by isolated words and names recorded by Latin authors beginning in the 1st century BC and after AD 200 there are Scandinavian inscriptions The earliest extensive Germanic text is the Gothic Bible translated by Bishop Ulfilas in about AD 350 Like every language spoken over a large geographical area Proto-Germanic presumably consisted of dialects that developed into the modern Germanic languages The original Germanic peoples were located in southern Scandinavia and along the North Sea and Baltic coasts from what is now The Netherlands to present-day Poland During the early years of the Roman Empire they gradually spread southward through present-day Germany Austria and parts of Switzerland Some tribes conquered the British Isles Iceland and the Faeroe Islands north of Scotland German is the national language of Germany and Austria and it is one of the three national languages of Switzerland There are also German-speaking communities in North America South Africa Latin America and Australia In the Western world German is extensively used as a second language As a written language it is quite uniform differing no more from one country to another than does English in Great Britain and the United States Spoken German however exists in many more dialects than does English Standard or High German called Hochdeutsch is based on the written form and is used in
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