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West Germanic languages: Branch of the Germanic language family, broadly comprising all varieties of English (including Scots), German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Yiddish and Frisian. [e]

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Parent topics

  • Indo-European languages [r]: A group of several hundred languages, including the majority of languages spoken in Europe, the Plateau of Iran and the subcontinent of India, that share a considerable common vocabulary and linguistic features. [e]
  • Germanic languages [r]: Branch of the Indo-European language family, initially spoken in northern and central Europe and now spread over many parts of the world. [e]

Subtopics

English sub-branch

  • English language [r]: A West Germanic language widely spoken in the United Kingdom, its territories and dependencies, Commonwealth countries and former colonial outposts of the British Empire; has developed the status of a global language. [e]
  • Scots language [r]: A West Germanic variety spoken in southern Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland, which has been identified as either a separate language from English or (over-simplistically) a dialect of English, according to various cultural and linguistic perspectives; shares much with English due to a shared linguistic history, but has developed separately for many centuries. [e]

Frisian sub-branch

  • Frisian language [r]: West-Germanic language spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland (Fris. Fryslân) and in a few small areas in northern Germany. [e]

High German sub-branch

Low Franconian sub-branch

  • Dutch language [r]: West-Germanic language spoken by roughly 20 million people in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. [e]
  • Afrikaans language [r]: West-Germanic language descended from and still closely related to Dutch; spoken by many people in South Africa and Namibia. [e]

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