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Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006, 07:57 pm

Gothic is supposedly the oldest known Germanic language. Although a few texts remain (deciphered, of course), the language is extinct. ALL Eastern Germanic languages are extinct as well... with a few exceptions regarding surviving texts.

I am trying to trace the evolution from Gothic to German. Does anyone know any surviving languages that might have evolved directly from Gothic that I could study? I was thinking of Gutnish but I also know Gutnish is most related to Swedish.

Any resources for people interesting in studying Gutnish? It isn't extinct, is it?

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Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Response

There may possibly be some influence of Gothic on German. Still Gothic was Eastern Germanic and German is Western Germanic. They descend from different branches of the Germanic language family. Swedish is Norhtern Germanic. This refers to language family divisions not areas.