Erzgebirgisch Classification Question

Thomas Goldammer thogol at
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.

Best regards,

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