Alemanic & Swiss German
dewell at adelphia.net
Mon Dec 4 07:07:43 CET 2006
Gerard Meijssen <gerardm at wiktionaryz dot org> wrote:
> The label is “Schwyzerdütsch” and not "Swiss German". Using the latter
> confuses with German spoken by the Swiss which is something different
> again and as evidently happens makes people concentrate on the Swiss
> (again) and not at the whole of what is intended.
I don't believe there is any confusion in this debate between "de-CH",
which is Standard German spoken in Switzerland, and "gsw", which is
Schwyzerdütsch (or substitute your favorite spelling) and well
understood to be a different language from Standard German.
Rather, the debate is whether "gsw" represents only Schwyzerdütsch per
se, or other "Alemanic" languages and/or dialects which are not usually
identified as Schwyzerdütsch, such as Swabian. The problem, as is often
the case, is partly in determining the line between "language" and
Unless this thread has something to do with adding or changing an entry
in the Registry, I agree with Michael that it should be confined to
LTRU, and will post any future comments only to that list.
Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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