German people history month coloring pages

Dec 16 2019

While in most Romance languages the Germans have been named from the Alamanni (in what became Swabia) (some, like standard Italian tedeschi, retain an older borrowing of the endonym, while the Romanian ‘germani’ stems from the historical correlation with the ancient region of Germania), the Old Norse, Finnish, and Estonian names for the Germans were taken from that of the Saxons. In Slavic languages, the Germans were given the name of němьci (singular němьcь), originally meaning “not us”. A variety old Slavic dialects were present and dominant in the area of modern Germany. However, under the Celto-German influence and furthered by the violent Partitions of Poland, the modern Polish language has in many of its words has adopted the letter “G” in place of “H”. The original common pronunciation was Her-man which relates directly to “Herr” in German. “Her” in old Slavic meant “Mountain” and the Slavs (particularly the Po-Lech) used the combination of words “Her-Man” to describe the dwellers of the Alps as the “Mountain People”.

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