Friso-Saxon dialects

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  Friso-Saxon dialects

Friso-Saxon is a collective name for a group of West Germanic dialects found around the North Sea coast of the Netherlands and Germany, in an area historically known as Frisia. Although they are forms of Low German/Low Saxon, these dialects have experienced strong influence from the Frisian languages. Most of the Friso-Saxon dialects were historically Frisian dialects, until Frisian was replaced with Low Saxon in the Late Middle Ages. However, Frisian has remained a substratum since then in the regions concerned. The only exception to this rule is Stellingwarfs, a Low Saxon dialect which has undergone influence especially from West Frisian. Most of the other Friso-Saxon dialects underwent most influence from East Frisian, for example East Frisian Low Saxon and Gronings, while the dialect of Dithmarschen underwent most influence from North Frisian.

The area numbered 4 consists of the Friso-Saxon dialects of Gronings and East Frisian Low Saxon

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