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Thread: Is Speaking a Germanic Language Necessary to Be Considered Germanic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    Not sure, why linguistically norse ? Norsk bookmaal or Nynorsk ?

    Danes have their own language , which differs much compared to Swedish .

    When reading newspapers on it reads pretty much Danish .

    You might also update your profile , since it says , you would be some Swede , and not a Dane .
    Norse, as in of the languages descended from Old Norse. And Bokmål is arguably just Danish with a Norwegian accent anyways

    I was channeling the Goths when I made my profile. They are my main area of research alongside the Vandals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luminous Terror View Post
    "Germanic" is not an ethnicity, it's a lingustic group that encompases ethncities. German is an ethnic group, English is an ethnic group. Germanic is a linguistic catagory.
    But when we talk about these ethnicities and their demarcation compared to other ethnicities, it is a matter of degree. For example, we can say that Danes are ethnically closer to Germans than to Italians or Poles. So apparently linguistic relation corresponds to ethnic relation. It would be a strange hypothesis to state that this correspondence is merely accidental. Even Indo-European studies (which already depend on a linguistic hypothesis, since there is no direct evidence of an Indo-European language) hypothesize the existence of a proto-Indo-European ethnicity.

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    I am Germanic only by lingustic and cultural affiliation to other Danes (...)
    You also include culture in the category of 'Germanic'. This is already getting close to a definition of ethnicity.

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    Yes, I would say so. Speaking German as a native language is part of the identity of someone who is German. Of course there may be exceptions here and there, where the language was forbidden and the like. However, those who really desire to be part of the German nation will eventually take an interest in learning the language. Else, how will they communicate with their brethren?

    As for Jamaicans, Yiddish, Ebonics speakers and the like, it's not the same thing. Those language are clearly adopted.

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