Rhine Franconian dialects
Rhine Franconian (German: Rheinfränkisch (help·info)), or Rhenish Franconian, is a dialect family of West Central German. It comprises the German dialects spoken across the western regions of the states of Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Hesse in Germany. It is also spoken in northeast France, in the eastern part of the département of Moselle in the Lorraine region, and in the northern part of Bas-Rhin in Alsace. To the north, it is bounded by the Sankt Goar line (“das/dat line”) which separates it from Moselle Franconian; to the south, it is bounded by the Main line which is also referred to as the Speyer line which separates it from the Upper German dialects.
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