Germanic Tribes

June 25, 2007 · Posted in history · Comment 

Latin 'Germani' was first used by Julius Caesar, and the term could be a loan from the Celtic name for the Germanic tribes. There is also a Latin adjective germanus (from germen, "seed" or "offshoot"), which has the sense of "related" or "kindred" and whence derives Catalan germà, Spanish hermano and Portuguese irmão, "brother". If the proper name Germani derives from this word, it may refer to the Roman experience of the Germanic tribes as allies of the Celts. The name may also derive from one of the principal proto-tribes of Central Europe, the Hermunduri.    Read Full Article  —– see GermanTribes.org

German Language History

June 25, 2007 · Posted in history, language · Comment 

German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language and one of the world’s major languages. German is also closely related to English and Dutch. Like all languages, it has undergone a number of changes throughout history. The main phases are called Old High German (Althochdeutsch, AHD), Middle High German (Mittelhochdeutsch, MHD), and New High German (Neuhochdeutsch, NHD).    Read Full Article