I really wanted to create a family tree for the Germanic Languages because I feel like the ones you find on the internet are kind of vague. I finished the family tree for the West Germanic languages, but I am in no way a professional historical linguist and just wanted to check if there are any major mistakes in my family tree. The screenshot shows the family tree, and there's also a timeline to the left.

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  • All of those dialects you have under Middle Dutch still exist today, just as much as West Flemish does (and they're certainly older than Middle Dutch).
    – Cairnarvon
    Mar 18 at 1:05
  • You could consider adding the Yola language / Middle English dialect, extinct in the 19th century.
    – Yellow Sky
    Mar 18 at 2:05
  • There is also Ostfriesisch (Eastern Frisian), which is spoken in the NW of Germany (East of the Dutch border), in the areas around Aurich. Mar 18 at 10:54
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    Not sure it can be represented like this. For example, Hunsrik almost borders on Alemannic, and there are dialects where High German and Low German fused, or Low German and Dutch. Mar 26 at 20:05
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    tree diagrams inevitably fail to properly reflect the relationships present in dialect continua, such as that seen in continental west germanic
    – Tristan
    Mar 26 at 23:08


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