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Excerpt from Trubners Collection of Simplified Grammars: Of the Principal Asiatic and European LanguagesThe Swedish language belongs to a northern offshoot of the Old Germanic, which in course of time gave origin to two slightly differing forms ofMoreExcerpt from Trubners Collection of Simplified Grammars: Of the Principal Asiatic and European LanguagesThe Swedish language belongs to a northern offshoot of the Old Germanic, which in course of time gave origin to two slightly differing forms of speech, known to Scandinavian grammarians as Forn-Svenskan, the Old Swedish, and Forn-Norskan, the Old Norse. The former of these was spoken by the Svear and Gotar, or ancient Swedes and Goths- while the latter, as the name implies, was the language of the Norsemen, and probably identical with the Norr na, or Donsk Tunga, of the Northmen who first made themselves known to the nations of Christian Europe.We have evidence that these two main branches of the Old Northern never deviated sufficiently from each other to interfere with their comprehension by all the Scandinavian peoples, although each possessed certain inherent and persistent characters peculiar to itself, of which traces may still be found in the modern forms of cultivated speech, which we distinguish as Swedish, and Dano-Norwegian.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.