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View Diary: ÍslensKos: The Icelandic Language (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Lingustic Complexity) (183 comments)

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  •  I was going by Wikipedia: (5+ / 0-)
    From around the year 200 AD, speakers of the North Germanic branch became distinguishable from the other Germanic language speakers. The early development of this language branch is attested through Runic inscriptions.

    Do you perchance have a reference?  I'd love to correct the Wikipedia article if you do.

    •  No, that's fine with me... (1+ / 0-)
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      but you seemed to imply that the several branches of the germanic family had separated several thousand millenia BC, perhaps I misunderstood you, or else you meant the IE family - in which case it would be perfectly correct of course.
      My point was that the germanic family was pretty homogeneous around the beginning of the christian era.

    •  There's a discrepancy however (0+ / 0-)

      between what wikipaedia says, and what your diary says. By 200 AD, the three germanic branches were already differenciated, but they were certainly not mutually unintelligible.

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