German (autonym: Deutsch, /dɔʏtʃ/ listen) is one of the Indo-European languages belonging to the branch Germanic language family. Due to its many dialects, German is to some extent a roof language (Dachsprache).
Its history, as a language distinct from the other West Germanic languages, begins in the High Middle Ages, during the second consonantal mutation.
In the 21st century, its speakers, called “German speakers”, are mainly distributed, with nearly 100 million speakers, in Europe, which makes their language the most spoken in the European Union (EU).
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