A Brief History of German Language Evolution

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Published on March 17, 2014

Author: kennethbrailsford

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Entrepreneur and executive Kenneth Brailsford founded nutritional company Zija International, which he continues to serve as president, CEO, chairman, and major shareholder. Outside of work, Kenneth Brailsford has remained actively involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for more than four decades, and he has dedicated several years of service to the LDS church as a missionary and volunteer.

By Kenneth Brailsford

Introduction  A highly experienced executive in the nutritional supplement industry, Kenneth Brailsford heads Zija International, a company that he founded in 2004. Also a dedicated member, missionary, and volunteer within the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Kenneth Brailsford traveled to West Germany in the 1960s to undertake missionary work and there obtained conversational proficiency in German.

About German  In addition to being the official language in Austria and Germany, German is widely spoken in Switzerland and parts of Italy, France, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Around 121 million people worldwide speak German, and there are many German-speaking communities found in Canada and the United States, South Africa, South America, and Australia due to emigration. The language itself belongs to the branch of Germanic Indo-European languages, of which Dutch, English, and Afrikaans are also members. The first examples of German in its written form were found in an eighth century epic poem and in Latin manuscripts.

Conclusion  The widely accepted standard written and spoken form of German that is used today is known as Hochdeutsch; its pronunciation evolved from southern regions, crystallizing in the sixth century. Hochdeutsch emerged as a standard form of literary German when Martin Luther translated the Bible in the 16th century.

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