Questions tagged [gothic]

For questions concerning the Gothic language, a dead Germanic language attested in the late antiquity and early medieval time.

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Why Gothic fairweitjan doesn't have an ablaut?

Gothic "jan" means a causative (e.g. driggkan "to drink" drankjan "to give drink to"). Gothic "ei" PGmc ī should turn into "ai" (e.g. dreiban "to ...
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How did Gothic "𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌱𐌰𐌷𐍄𐌹" (andbahti) become Medieval Latin "ambasiator"?

I found the following etymology of the word "ambassador" on Wiktionary. From Middle English ambassadore, from Anglo-Norman ambassadeur, ambassateur, from Old Italian ambassatore, ...
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Is current Gothic ablaut paradigm correct?

Slahan is a Class 6 verb with the ablaum paradigm: a ō ō a but we have slauhts that doesn't use it. compare fraliusan fralusts gakiusan gakusts ablaum paradigm: iu au u u
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Does Gothic have /r/-umlaut and /x/-umlaut?

Charles Nydorf believes that /r/-umlaut and /x/-umlaut in Yiddish come from /r/-umlaut and /x/-umlaut in Gothic, but he gives no examples in either language. Yiddish has (/i/ >) /e/ > /a/ before ...
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Periphrastic verb forms in Gothic

What periphrastic verb form are attested in the Gothic language, the oldest Germanic language we have substantial records from? Skimming through a grammar of Gothic I found that for the past tense ...
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Umlaut in Gothic

It's said that Gothic had no umlaut, but there would seem to be, although I'm sure it's not, signs of a-umlaut. The digraph au in Gothic is thought to have represented three different sounds, one of ...