East Central German

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East Central German
Native to Germany
Region Thuringia, Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None
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Central German dialects
  Thuringian (7)
  Upper Saxon (8)
  Erzgebirgisch (9)
  Lusatian (10)
  Berlin Brandenburgish (11)

East Central German 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[edit]

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[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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


References[edit]

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