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Franconian spread toward the west until it reached the Seine, and gave its name to French, but the language itself was ousted by Romance French. The line between them ran through Belgium. In the Netherlands, Low Franconian was spoken along with Frisian and Saxon. A division can be made between Old East and Old West Low Franconian (of which almost nothing is left). Present-day Dutch is based on the latter; its literature starts with Middle Dutch (1150–1550). The subgrouping of the Germanic languages has always been the subject of much scholarly dispute.

I shall continually be emphasizing that common sense is the most important tool that comparative linguistics has, next to a thorough knowledge of all the facts and a good general insight into the way languages behave in general. It is impossible to posit rules which can always be counted on to produce correct conclusions: the possibilities in question are much too great. Let’s look at the declension of ‘to be’ again. What we can already do is to try to reconstruct what the declension of this verb must have been like in Proto-Indo-European (PIE).

How comparative linguistics actually goes about its business will be the subject of Chapters 9 and 10, where a number of examples will be presented by means of illustration. The second part of this book (Chapters 11 to 18) shows comparative linguistics at work in its systematic description of the whole Indo-European family of languages. 3 The language families of the world In this book we propose to limit ourselves to an examination of the Indo-European family of languages. Of course there are many other families of languages as well as individual languages which no longer belong to a language family, or whose relationship to other languages is unclear.

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