Erzgebirgisch Classification Question
thogol at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 31 21:39:07 CEST 2008
> Yes. Part of the difficulty, as I understand it, is that Erzgebirgisch is itself a
> bit of a continuum, and depending on the specific variety, one might observe
> features associated with Upper Saxon or with Franconian or just very funky
> German. The *geographic* promixity is to Upper Saxon, but that's just one
> detail. I do know, from first-hand experience with other German dialects,
> that it's generally safe to assume that things will be messy, with all kinds of
> contact phenomena due to migration and the presence of multiple dialects
> in close proximity. The phonology might support one set of conclusions, while
> grammar and vocabulary might support others.
Yes, that's *exactly* the situation we can observe in (at least) most
of the German varieties, as well as in Erzg.
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