From my very personal view it looks like especially in scientific related texts Germans use in average longer sentences than in english literature. This could be wrong perception, as a lot of non ...
What do the abbreviations "nnl.", "altn." and "schw." mean in the context of etymology? Other abbreviations in the same paragraph were "mhd." (mittelhochdeutsch) and "ags." (angelsächsisch). My guess ...