Southern Bavarian

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Southern Bavarian
Südbairisch[1]
Native to Austria (Carinthia, Tyrol, Styria), Italy, (South Tyrol)[1]
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Latin (German alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
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Bavarian dialects
   Southern Bavarian

Southern Bavarian, or Southern Austro-Bavarian, is a cluster of Germanic dialects of the Bavarian group.

They are primarily spoken in the Austrian federal-states of Tyrol, Carinthia and Styria, in the southern parts of Salzburg and Burgenland as well as in the Italian province of South Tyrol. There is also a small region in German Upper Bavaria around Garmisch-Partenkirchen where the dialect is also spoken.

The speech area historically included the former linguistic enclaves in Carniola (present-day Slovenia) around Gottschee (Gottscheerish in the Gottschee region), Sorica (Zarz) and Nemški Rovt (Deutsch Ruth). The Cimbrian language still spoken in several language-islands in north-eastern Italy (Friuli, Veneto and Trentino) mostly counts as a separate Bavarian language variant.

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