Cultural developments in the regions of Germanic settlement
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I. Language

The Germanic languages are defined as a group of Indo-European languages, distinct from other Indo-European languages by reason of peculiarities developed through the course of time. Such peculiarities include

• phenomena arising from the First Germanic Sound Shift (Grimm’s Law; this sound shift has recently been dated not to 500 BC, but only to the 1st cent. BC)

• the shift of accent to the first syllable

• the reduction of end syllables

• the expansion of the inherited vowel gradat…

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Olshausen, E., “Cultural developments in the regions of Germanic settlement”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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