Erzgebirgisch Classification Question

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Mon Mar 31 22:08:14 CEST 2008

Hi -

> From: "Frank Ellermann" <nobody at>
> To: <ietf-languages at>
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 10:38 AM
> Subject: Re: Erzgebirgisch Classification Question
> FWIW I think that "sxu" is as close to "de" as possible, while

The guy on the street in Leipzig may well tell you it *is* "de".  :-)
But it is important to distinguish regional accent from dialect in
these discussions.

> other "gem" languages like "frr" or "fy" are not.  IMO closer
> than "nds" or "gsw", but IANAL (as in "not a linguist" ;-)

This perception is supported by common classifications of German
dialects, with put both "de" and "sxu" into a "central German" basket
within the larger "high German" grouping, which in turn includes
"gsw".  "nds" on the other hand is even more distantly related, having
missed some consonant shifts.


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