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    Here are two I have bookmarked but never really looked at. I don't know how correct they are.

    Fordsmender's Proto-Germanic Dictionary

    Proto-Germanic Dictionary

    Maybe this could be of interest aswell:

    Proto-Germanic Lessons with Vocabulary

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    I've been wanting to find something like this but I've never taken the time to look for myself.

    Thanks for the dictionaries!

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    I believe these threads here could also be of some interest.

    Proto-Germanic Paradigms
    Proto-Germanic Grammar Online


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    I use this database of Germanic etymology quite often. It's available fields for queries include: Proto-Germanic, IE, Gothic, Old Norse, Norwegian, Old Swedish, Swedish, Old Danish, Danish, Old English, Middle English, English, Old Frisian, East Frisian, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old Franconian, Middle Low German, Low German, Old High German, Middle High German, and German. If you are searching for a word, however, I've found your best bet is to use the "in any field" field. Enjoy!
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    The last few years I've been using Gerhard Köbler's dictionaries. They're not perfect but more than adequate. The Proto-Germanic dictionary was updated last year.

    It's principally German work, but all of the entries have English definitions as well.

    Germanisches Wörterbuch (Proto-Germanic Dictionary)

    Altsächsisches Wörterbuch
    Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch
    Altenglisches Wörterbuch
    Altfriesisches Wörterbuch
    Altniederfränkisches Wörterbuch
    Altnordisches Wörterbuch
    Gotisches Wörterbuch

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    Proto-Germanic Learning Resources?

    I really want to learn Proto-Germanic (as much as it is possible to learn anyway) but can't find many resources online about it. I've found a course with about three lessons on it but thats about it (and the obvious dictionaries). Does anyone know if there is anything else out there? A book on it even?

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    Are you referring to Proto-Germanic languages?

    I didn't know those languages were even fully documented.

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    Lightbulb A Grammar of Proto-Germanic (Winfred P. Lehmann)


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    The Sound of the Proto-Germanic language (Numbers, Vocabulary & Story)



    Proto-Germanic (PGmc, Common Germanic)
    Reconstruction of: Germanic languages
    Region: Northern Europe
    Reconstructed ancestor: Proto-Indo-European
    Lower-order reconstructions: Proto-Norse (attested)

    is the reconstructed proto-language of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages.

    Proto-Germanic developed from pre-Proto-Germanic into three branches during the first half of the first millennium of the Common Era: West Germanic, East Germanic and North Germanic, which however remained in contact over a considerable time, especially the Ingvaeonic languages (including English), which arose from West Germanic dialects and remained in continued contact with North Germanic.

    A defining feature of Proto-Germanic is the completion of the process described by Grimm's law, a set of sound changes that occurred between its status as a dialect of Proto-Indo-European and its gradual divergence into a separate language. As it is probable that the development of this sound shift spanned a considerable time (several centuries), Proto-Germanic cannot adequately be reconstructed as a simple node in a tree model but rather represents a phase of development that may span close to a thousand years. The end of the Common Germanic period is reached with the beginning of the Migration Period in the fourth century.

    The alternative term "Germanic parent language" may be used to include a larger scope of linguistic developments, spanning the Nordic Bronze Age and Pre-Roman Iron Age in Northern Europe (second to first millennia BC) to include "Pre-Germanic" (PreGmc), "Early Proto Germanic" (EPGmc) and "Late Proto-Germanic" (LPGmc). While Proto-Germanic refers only to the reconstruction of the most recent common ancestor of Germanic languages, the Germanic parent language refers to the entire journey that the dialect of Proto-Indo-European that would become Proto-Germanic underwent through the millennia.

    The Proto-Germanic language is not directly attested by any coherent surviving texts; it has been reconstructed using the comparative method. Fragmentary direct attestation exists of (late) Common Germanic in early runic inscriptions (specifically the second-century AD Vimose inscriptions and the second-century BC Negau helmet inscription), and in Roman Empire era transcriptions of individual words (notably in Tacitus' Germania, c. 90 CE).

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