East Central German

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East Central German
Ostmitteldeutsch
Geographic
distribution
Thuringia, Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg
Linguistic classification Indo-European
Subdivisions
Glottolog None
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Central German dialects
  Thuringian (7)
  Upper Saxon (8)
  Erzgebirgisch (9)
  Lusatian (10)
  South Markish (11)

East Central German (German: Ostmitteldeutsche Dialekte) is the eastern, non-Franconian sub-group of Central German dialects, themselves part of High German. Present-day Standard German as a High German variant[1] has actually developed from a compromise of East Central (especially Upper Saxon promoted by Johann Christoph Gottsched) and East Franconian German. East Central German dialects are mainly spoken in Central Germany and parts of Brandenburg, and were formerly also spoken in Silesia and Bohemia.

Dialects

East Central German is spoken in large parts of what is today known as the cultural area of Central Germany (Mitteldeutschland). It comprises:

and further:

See also

Further reading

  • Keller, R. E. (1960) German Dialects: phonology and morphology. Manchester University Press.

References

  1. ^ "Ethnologue: East Middle German". Retrieved 2010-11-24.
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