History of Germanic Languages

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The Faroes are known as the 'Sheep Islands' in Old Icelandic.

True

The word for 'sheep' in Dutch, German, and Old Frisian has no known cognate elsewhere.

True

The Vikings established their language permanently in various countries, including Spain and Italy.

False

French has borrowed a few hundred loanwords from Germanic, including the word 'guerre' meaning 'war'.

True

Frankish disappeared in France and French is considered a Romance language.

True

The name of Russia is of Scandinavian origin and is a loanword.

True

The development of a postposed definite article is a characteristic feature of North Germanic languages.

False

The Gothic language is classified under East Germanic languages.

True

Old Icelandic kept the Proto-Germanic /j/ at the beginning of a word, unlike English and German.

True

The Visigoths settled east of the Dnieper River.

False

The main record of Gothic language is a complete Bible translation.

False

Frisian and English share a close linguistic relationship due to geographical proximity.

True

No East Germanic language has survived.

True

The phonological characteristics of Wulfila's text show Proto-Germanic short vowels /e/ and /o/ appearing as i and u.

True

The Old English word for 'to steal' is 'stelan'.

False

Frisian is a language closely related to English.

True

Old Norse 'hǫggva' corresponds to Modern Swedish 'hugga'.

True

There was a prehistoric Anglo-Frisian dialect from which Old English and Old Frisian evolved.

True

Explore the evolution and phonological characteristics of various Germanic languages including Old English, Old High German, Old Icelandic, and Gothic. Learn about the different branches of the Germanic language family and their regional dialects.

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