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The origin of the Goths

By Frederik H. H. Kortlandt

Abstract

Witold Ma´nczak has argued that Gothic is closer to Upper German than to Middle German, closer to High German than to Low German, closer to German than to Scandinavian, closer to Danish than to Swedish, and that the original homeland of the Goths must therefore be located in the southernmost part of the Germanic territories, not in Scandinavia (1982, 1984, 1987a, 1987b, 1992). I think that his argument is correct and that it is time to abandon Iordanes’ classic view that the Goths came from Scandinavia. We must therefore reconsider the grounds for adopting the latter position and the reasons why it always has remained popular

Topics: Indogermanische Sprachen, ddc:400
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de:14741

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