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, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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