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West Germanic languages

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West Germanic is the largest branch of the Germanic family of languages, including such languages as English, Dutch, and German.

The other families of Germanic are North Germanic and East Germanic.

Language classification
Indo-European languages
Germanic languages
West Germanic languages

History

There was never a West Germanic proto-language from which all the languages currently in the group seem to have derived. As such the grouping is more of a geographical convenience to categorize languages that share many similarities with each other but also individually compare closely to particular aspects of North Germanic or East Germanic.

Family tree

Note that divisions between subfamilies of Germanic are rarely precisely defined; most form dialect continua, with adjacent dialects being mutually intelligible and more separated ones not.

See also

ca:Llenges germniques occidentals cs:Zpadogermnsk jazyky de:Westgermanische Sprachen el:Δυτική Γερμανική id:Bahasa Jermanik Barat nl:West-Germaanse talen nds:Westgermaansche Spraken pl:Języki zachodniogermańskie sk:Zpadogermnske jazyky zh:西日耳曼语支

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