German is spoken by over more than 120 million people around the world. Over 8 countries have German as their language. German is a pluricentric language with their main usage in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. There are many dialects in German that can be traced with different Germanic tribes. Many German dialects are considered as a separate language, however they are still a dialect. Here is a list of Top 5 German Language Dialect.
- Frisian or Friesisch Dialect
This dialect is spoken by 500000 Frisian people living in northern regions of Germany along the coasts of the North Sea. Along the borders of Denmark also you can find this dialect. Modern English and Frisian are not intelligible due to the foreign influences. The three Frisian languages are been influenced by Dutch, Danish and Low German. They also share linguistic characteristics between Friesland and Great Yarmouth.
- Mitteldeutsch or Middle German
The middle German dialect goes through the whole of Germany stretching out to Poland in the east and also taking Schlesien. It is a predominant language in Northern Germany. This predominance changed in the 16th century. The Early New High German language gained more prestige and became the language of science and literature.
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- Niederdeutsch or Low German/Plattdeutsch
Low German is a dialect language but some do consider this as a separate language. Low Franconian and Low German is grouped together as they did not participate in the High German consonant shift. This again has further divisions including Dutch Low Saxon, West Low German and East Low German. This language has its existence in the Dutch border and goes till the German territories of East Pommerania and East Prussia. Low Saxon langauge is still widespread especially among the Northern parts of Germany. The older people in North Germany can still understand and speak but younger generation are unable to understand the dialects.
- Fränkisch or Frankish
Frankish was the West Germanic language spoken by Franks between 4th and 8th century. This poorly attested language gave rise to loanwords in Old French. It has a significant influence on the Romance language which is spoken in Gaul. Franconian dialect is still spoken in lower countries including Belgium and Netherlands. Other versions like Rhine Frankish and South Frankish are still spoken along the river Rhine.
- Alemannisch or Alemanni
Alemannisch is a group of upper German branch. It is mostly spoken along the river Rhine and in the north of Switzerland. It also further stretches up to the north Basel and goes on till Freiburg. Even in the city of Kalsruche in Germany this dialect is spoken. It has more characteristics of standard German.
There are many such dialects in German language that are still been followed in small countries. A good translation company providing Translation services in Mumbai should take care of these dialects and do the translations accordingly.
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