Origins and Culture of the Ancient Germanic Tribes

European Origins

Table of Contents:

  1. Proto-Germanic Origins
    1. Culture
    2. Society
  2. The Migration Period

Other than the name may suggest at first glance for anyone who isn’t familiar with linguistics Germanic doesn’t equal German. The Germanic peoples today are considered Germanic because they speak a Germanic language. German is part of this branch of Indo-European languages but not the sole ‘twig’, so to speak. Among it’s sister languages are Dutch, English, Afrikaans and Yiddish, belonging to the West Germanic languages, as well as the Scandinavian or North Germanic languages, including Icelandic and Faroese.. All these languages are descendant from a common Proto-Germanic language, spoken by multiple closely related Proto-Germanic peoples with their own dialects. Over time, different sound changes occurred in different groups, leading to the development of different, not mutually intelligible languages, although there are exceptions (notably the continental Scandinavian languages, as well as Icelandic and Faroese; before the standardisation of Dutch and…

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