The Carthaginian North: Semitic Influence on Early Germanic: A Linguistic and Cultural Study

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This book presents a new and innovative theory on the origin of the Germanic languages. This theory presents solutions to four pivotal problems in the history of Germanic with critical implications for cultural history: the origin of the Germanic writing system (the Runic alphabet), the genesis of the Germanic strong verbs, the development of the Germanic word order, and etymologies for key elements of the Germanic lexicon. The book proposes that all four problems can be solved if it is hypothesized that over 2,000 years ago the ancestor of all Germanic languages, Proto-Germanic, was in intensive contact with Punic, a Semitic language from the Mediterranean. This scenario is explored by focusing on linguistic data, supported by an interdisciplinary mosaic of evidence. This book is of interest to anyone working on the linguistic and cultural history of the Germanic languages.


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The Carthaginian North: Semitic Influence on Early Germanic: A Linguistic and Cultural Study

Authors: Robert Mailhammer, Theo Vennemann

ISBN: 9027262144

ISBN 13: 9789027262141

Publication Date: October 24, 2019

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

Pages: 268

Format: ebook

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