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Stage German (German: Bühnendeutsch, pronounced [ˈbyːnənˌdɔʏ̯t͡ʃ]) is a unified German set of pronunciation rules for the German literary language used in the theater of the German-speaking countries, which was established in the 19th century.[1] Stage German is based on the phonetic values of the written language, and won a great reputation as a "pure High German" during that century. An example of this is the pronunciation of the suffix "-ig" pronounced like [ɪç]. Another element of Stage German is the "rolling R".[2]


  1. ^ "German Language in Bach's Time". Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pronunciation: Part 2". Retrieved May 6, 2012.