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This map shows the regions of the world where Gothic was commonly spoken (red circle). Gothic descended from the East Germanic sub-branch of the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages. Goths flooded into Europe during the waning days of the Roman Empire. The Gothic tribes were largely absorbed into the populations around them. No close relatives of the Gothic language survive in the modern world. Slightly more distant relatives would be those from the West Germanic family of languages (Dutch, English, Flemish, Afrikaans, Low German, High German, and Yiddish) or those from the North Germanic family of languages (Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish).


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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