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East Germanic By the 1st century CE, the writings of Pomponius MelaPliny the Elderand Tacitus indicate a division of Germanic-speaking peoples into large groupings who shared ancestry and culture.
This division has been appropriated in modern terminology describing the divisions of Germanic languages. Tacitus, in his Germaniawrote  that: In their ancient songs, their only way of remembering or recording the past, they celebrate an earth-born god, Tuiscoand his son Mannusas the origin of their race, as their founders.
Tacitus also specifies that the Suevi are a very large grouping, with many tribes within it, with their own names. The largest, he says, is the Semnonesthe Langobardi are fewer, but living surrounded by warlike peoples, and in remoter and better defended areas live the ReudigniAvionesAngliiVariniEudosesthe Suardonesand Nuithones.
He is also slightly more specific about the position of the Istvaeones, though he also does not name any examples of them: There are five German races; the Vandili, parts of whom are the Burgundionesthe Varinithe Cariniand the Gutones: The remote Varini are listed by Tacitus as being in the Suebic or Hermionic group by Tacitus, above, but by Pliny in the eastern Vandalic or Gothic group, so the two accounts do not match perfectly.
These accounts and others from the period often emphasise that the Suebi and their Hermione kin formed an especially large and mobile nation, which at the time were living mainly near the Elbe, both east and west of it, but they were also moving westwards into the lands near the Roman frontier. Pomponius Mela in his slightly earlier Description of the World  places "the farthest people of Germaniathe Hermiones" somewhere to the east of the Cimbri and the Teutonesand further from Rome, apparently on the Baltic.
Strabo however describes the Suebi as going through a period where they were pushed back east by the Romans, in the direction from which they had come: Germanic substrate hypothesisProto-Germanicand Spread of Indo-European languages Linguists postulate that an early proto-Germanic language existed and was distinguishable from the other Indo-European languages as far back as BCE.
Despite their common linguistic framework, by the 5th century CE, the Germanic people were linguistically differentiated and could no longer easily comprehend one another. Further west and south in Europe-proper, the linguistic presence of the Germanic languages is almost negligible. Despite the fact that the Visigoths ruled what is now Spain for upwards of years, there are almost no recognizable Gothic words borrowed into Spanish.
The dialect of the Germanic people who remained in Scandinavia is not generally called Ingvaeonic, but is classified as North Germanicwhich developed into Old Norse.
However, the classical "Germani" near the Rhine, to whom the term was originally applied by Caesar, may not have even spoken Germanic languages, let alone a language recognizably ancestral to modern Dutch.
Frankish, and later Dutch, Luxembourgish and the Frankish dialects of German in Germany has continuously been intelligible to some extent with both "Ingvaeonic" Low German, and some "Suebian" High German dialects, with which they form a spectrum of continental dialects.
All these dialects or languages appear to have formed by the mixing of migrating peoples after the time of Caesar. So it is not clear if these medieval dialect divisions correspond to any mentioned by Tacitus and Pliny. Indeed, in Tacitus Tac.
By CE west Germanic speakers had apparently developed a distinct language continuum with extensive loaning from Latin due to their ongoing contact with the Romanswhereas the east Germanic languages were dying out.
Combined, these languages are today spoken as a native tongue by more than million people worldwide.
Indo-European migrations and Nordic Bronze Age Archaeological and linguistic evidence from a period known as the Nordic Bronze Age indicates that a common material culture existed between the Germanic tribes that inherited the southern regions of Scandinavia, along with the Schleswig-Holstein area and the area of what is now HamburgGermany.
This ushered in the Pre-Roman Iron Age. Pre-Roman Iron Age The earliest sites at which Germanic peoples per se have been documented are in Northern Europe, in what now constitutes the plains of Denmark and southern Sweden. During the 2nd millennium BCE, the so-called Nordic Bronze Age culture expanded eastward into the adjacent regions between the estuaries of the Elbe and Oder rivers.
However, the archaeological evidence in some of the regions creates an ethnographic problem in clearly delineating the indigenous people based strictly on Roman classification. Nonetheless, there are scholars who assert that there was an eventual linguistic "Germanization" that occurred during the 1st century BCE through something they call the "elite-dominance" model.
Enough cultural absorption between the various Germanic people occurred that geographically defining the extent of pre-Roman Germanic territory is nearly impossible from a classification standpoint. Evidence suggest that these were Germanized rather than displaced. Meanwhile, the eastern Germanic people continued their migratory habits.
For the most part however, these early Germanic people shared a basic culture, operated similarly from an economic perspective, and were not nearly as differentiated as the Romans implied.
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