Berlinerisch dialect

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Konsum-Genossenschaft, watercolor by Heinrich Zille, 1924

Berlinerisch or Berlinisch is a dialect of Berlin Brandenburgish spoken in Berlin. It originates from a Mark Brandenburgish variant. However, several phrases in Berlinisch are typical for the city, indicating the manifold origins of immigrants, among them the Huguenots from France.


The area of Berlin was one of the first to abandon East Low German as a written language (in the 16th century) and later also as a spoken language. This was the first dialect of Standard German with definite High German roots but a Low German substratum apparently formed. (Berlinerisch may therefore be considered an early Missingsch.) Only recently has this new dialect expanded into the surroundings which until then used East Low German.

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