East Franconian German
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|Native to||Germany (Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse)|
|Writing system||Latin (German alphabet)|
1: East Franconian
East Franconian (Ostfränkisch) is a dialect which is spoken in northern Bavaria and other areas in Germany around Nuremberg, Bamberg, Coburg, Würzburg, Hof, Bayreuth, Meiningen, Bad Mergentheim, and Crailsheim. The major subgroups are Unterostfränkisch (spoken in Lower Franconia and southern Thuringia), Oberostfränkisch (spoken in Upper and Middle Franconia) and Südostfränkisch (spoken in some parts of Middle Franconia and Hohenlohe).
In the transitional area between Rhine Franconian in the northwest and the Austro-Bavarian dialects in the southeast, East Franconian has elements of Central German and Upper German. The same goes only for South Franconian German in adjacent Baden-Württemberg. East Franconian is one of the German dialects with the highest number of speakers.
East Franconian is researched by "Mundartforschungsstelle der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften" in Fürth.
The scope of East Franconian is disputed, because it overlaps with neighbour dialects like Bavarian and Swabian in the south, Rhine Franconian in the west and Upper Saxon in the north.
See also 
|East Franconian German test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
Some links in German language:
A High German - East Franconian dictionary with sound files: http://franken-wiki.de/index.php/Kategorie:Fr%C3%A4nkisch-W%C3%B6rterbuch
East Franconian dictionary:
http://www.ostfraenkisches-woerterbuch.de/ run by "Mundartforschungsstelle der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften"
Linguistic atlas of Middle Franconia:
Linguistic atlas of Lower Franconia:
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