Welcome to “Himma daga“. This website is an initiative to start in publishing our daily news in the Gothic language.
Other contributors are Gutrazda, a co-writer, and Anson who records the articles. The idea for this website is partly inspired by Nuntii Latini and other news websites in the Latin language. Those websites make use of the huge Latin corpus.
There are other ancient languages too like Phoenician, Gaulish, Lepontian, Aquitanian, but they all have a very dense corpus, too less to write a decent text in those languages. Gothic however has a big collection of words and our vocabulary is enough to write short texts in it with some neologisms. Hebrew also was revived and newspapers are written in it nowadays, this proves that an ancient language can be used for modern use, although it may differ from the original.
Of course we have our restrictions. In Gothic we have the vocabulary and the morphology, but because Greek and Latin were considered higher languages the word order was almost completely in Greek. Of course our Gothic isn’t the same as the Gothic spoken by the Goths, we don’t know the exact word order they used, but we have knowledge of Proto-Germanic, runes and Old English, we also know that most old Germanic languages had a similar word order so Gothic can’t be too different from them. This website however might be ideal for students of the Gothic language which also want to use the language in a different way which is more suited for this time. The website uses Gothic morphology and Gothic words instead of other old Germanic words to form new words and news articles contain both the Gothic version and a Latin transcription, so if you want to practice Gothic without the Bible this site may be useful, you can practice recognizing declinations of words, but you can also practice your vocabulary or reading in the Gothic script by Wulfila.
The news articles are mainly translations from existing news articles.
Fredrik Adevåg writes as Gadrauhts and is from 2014 one of the first co-writers of Himma Daga and the founder of Gutrazda, a website and movement for the revival of the Gothic language. Among the things he has done is a translation of the Nicene Creed Nicene Creed into Gothic and a Gothic translation of L’Internationale. In his daily life he is an engineer.
Oscar Carrasco writes as Skandalaus and joined the team in 2018, he manages the group Wistrawigs on Facebook, a group for the Gothic language aimed at people with Spanish as their first language. He studies professional design.
Pelle writes as Sueonos from 2018 and is currently translating the New Testament into
Skylar writes as garnetskullskailar from 2018 and is experienced with studying Germanic languages and classical languages.
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Have fun reading!