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- noun The subdivision of the Germanic languages that includes Gothic.
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- adjective Of or relating to the East Germanic languages, a
subdivisionof the Germaniclanguages.
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- noun an extinct branch of the Germanic languages
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Proto-Germanic was undergoing several major changes, including mora-loss, at the period when first contact was established with Rome, and was also simultaneously splitting into Northwest and East Germanic.
The tripartite division was East Germanic (Gothic and other extinct languages), West Germanic (German, Dutch, English), and North Germanic (Danish and the other Scandinavian languages.)
If German were officially included, then we would also need to include Yiddish, Luxembourgish which is *not* included despite the claim above, the North Germanic varieties and the East Germanic varieties.
The Iron Age occurred around 500 BC in Scandanavia and East Germanic races there migrated south to replace the Celtic people in continental Europe.
The match was not particularly good and I turned to the East Germanic languages, known through Gothic, that were spoken in eastern Europe between about 1