East Central German

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East Central German
Thuringia, Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg
Linguistic classificationIndo-European
Glottologeast2832  (East Middle German)
uppe1400  (Central East Middle German)
Mitteldeutsche Mundarten.png
Central German dialects after 1945 and the expulsions of the Germans from their eastern homelands
  Thuringian (7)
  Upper Saxon (8)
  Erzgebirgisch (9)
  Lusatian (10)

East Central German (German: Ostmitteldeutsch) is the eastern, non-Franconian Central German language, 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.


East Central German is spoken in large parts of what is today known as the cultural area of Central Germany (Mitteldeutschland). It comprises:[2]

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Further reading[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Ethnologue: East Middle German". Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forke, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2020). "East Middle German". Glottolog 4.3.