By Orrin W. Robinson
In the beginning look, there could appear little cause to consider English and German as version types of a unmarried language. There are huge, immense changes among the 2 in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, and a monolingual speaker of 1 can't comprehend the opposite in any respect. but smooth English and German have many issues in universal, and if we return to the earliest texts on hand within the languages, the similarities are much more notable.
How will we account for those similarities? the commonly accredited clarification is that English and German are divergent continuations of a standard ancestor, a Germanic language now misplaced. This e-book surveys the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the earliest kown Germanic languages, contributors of what has commonly been often called the English genealogy: Gothic, previous Norse, previous Saxon, outdated English, previous Frisian, previous Low Franconian, and previous excessive German.
For each one language, the writer presents a quick background of the folks who spoke it, an summary of the real texts within the language, pattern passages with complete word list and word-by-word translations, a piece on orthography and grammar, and dialogue of linguistic or philological subject matters correct to the entire early Germanic languaes yet most sensible exemplified via the actual language into account. those themes inclued the pronunciation of older languages; the runic inscriptions; Germanic alliterative pietry; ancient syntax, borrowing, analogy, and glide; textual transmission; and dialect version.