The Germanic Lexicon Project is the new incarnation of what was the Indo-European Language Resources page.

The goal of this project is to create comprehensive online coverage of the lexicons of the early Germanic languages. All of the data is available free of charge and free of copyright or other intellectual property encumbrance…

The Texts page contains numerous copyright-expired dictionaries and grammars of the older Germanic languages. These are in various stages of being digitized. Some are available only as scanned page images. Others are available as online text, sometimes corrected and sometimes not.

The Search page allows you to search some of the texts in the collection.

The Messages board is a message board where you can discuss the early Germanic languages and digitizing historical linguistic materials. You can use it like an ordinary chat board. The message board system has an extra feature: you can make editorial comments “in the margins” of the online dictionaries. If you comment on a dictionary entry, your comment is available when that entry is displayed in the search system.

Cleasby-Vigfusson, Zoëga, Bosworth-Toller, Wright’s Grammar of the Gothic Language… it’s all here! The internet just keeps getting better and better. (Via the new incarnation of, regarding which I will permit myself a quiet “Calloo, callay!”)


  1. Where can one learn about bits of early German that hang on into modern times? Could that be an explanation of how we counted in the playgound of my youth: yin, twy, thry, fower…..

  2. dearieme-2005: No, those are direct descendants of Old English ān, twegen, thrēo, fēower, just as Modern English one, two, three, four are.

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