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Old Saxon

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The Sound of the Northern Low Saxon / Low German Language (Numbers, Greetings & Story)

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Old Saxon Lullaby: Liova Tȳra (Dear Tȳra)

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The Sound of the Old Saxon / Old Low German Language (A Short Story)

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Old Saxon: Ġibeda te Frûan - Prayer to Frûa

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Old Saxon - Written lesson 1

Old Saxon, also known as Old Low German, was a Germanic language and the earliest recorded form of Low German. It is a West Germanic language, closely related to the Anglo-Frisian languages. It has been documented from the 8th century until the 12th century, when it gradually evolved into Middle Low German. It was spoken throughout modern northwestern Germany, primarily in the coastal regions and in the eastern Netherlands by Saxons, a Germanic tribe who inhabited the region of Saxony. It partially shares Anglo-Frisian's Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law which sets it apart from Low Franconian and Irminonic languages, such as Dutch, Luxembourgish and German.
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