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.

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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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