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Der Duden sagt Folgendes: mittelhochdeutsch bet(te), althochdeutsch betti, auch: Beet; ursprüngliche Bezeichnung für das mit Stroh und Fellen gepolsterte Lager entlang den Wänden des germanischen Hauses und vielleicht eigentlich = Polster (Quelle: Duden.de) Ebenso besagt er in einem anderen Artikel Folgendes: mittelhochdeutsch bette, ...


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First: I’m not a pro at this, I’m just a German. Second, you’re right. This sentence seems over-complex and clearly out of date. Some single words wouldn’t be written like this: Volke → Volk. Using the dative form Volke (where Volk is the nominative) indicates either the age of the text or some kind of arts (like the lyrics of a song). And also, in modern ...


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While reading this Ask MetaFilter thread, I encountered the following comment that suggested this book (which I have not read myself; so its readers should inform me of the quality) but which I thought to present here as it may assist: The Third Gender Studies in the Origin and History of Germanic Grammatical Gender by Frederick W Schwink, 1. Edition, 2004 ...



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