Moselle Franconian

Moselle Franconian is a group of High German dialects spoken in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, in the neighbouring département of Moselle in France, as well as in Romania, because of the emigration of numerous German families between 1100 and 1300, primarily from areas in which the Moselle Franconian dialect was spoken at that time. As a result this medieval Moselle Franconian language forms (and other old German dialects such as Suebian from southwest Germany) still exist up today in Romania. . Moselle Franconian is spoken in several North Rhine-Westphalian municipalities around Siegen. Luxembourgish is considered a form of Moselle Franconian by some observers while others only acknowledge the fact that Luxembourgish forms a dialect continuum with the corresponding Moselle Franconian dialects spoken on the German side of the border. Moselle Franconian is spoken in around half of the Rhineland and is part of Franconian West Central German.

See also

  • Saarland (section Language)
  • Rhine Franconian (related neighbouring dialect group)

Further reading

  • Werner König: dtv-Atlas Deutsche Sprache. dtv-Verlag, München (Munich) 2005; ISBN 3-423-03025-9 (German).
The High German languages are a subdivision of the West Germanic Languages     
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A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers.
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Nordrhein-Westfalen
North Rhine-Westphalia

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Rheinland-Pfalz
Rhineland-Palatinate

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A department (French: département, Spanish: departamento) is a geographically defined area of a centralized state which functions as an administrative unit, usually at provincial level, with
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Moselle

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Department number: 57
Region: Lorraine
Prefecture: Metz
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Metz-Ville,

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"
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"La Marseillaise"


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Deşteaptă-te, române!


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Siegen

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Official language of:  Luxembourg
Regulated by: Conseil Permanent de la Langue Luxembourgeoise (CPLL)
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ISO 639-1: lb
ISO 639-2: ltz
ISO 639-3: ltz

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The Rhineland (Rheinland in German) is the general name for the land on both sides of the river Rhine in the west of Germany. After the collapse of the French Empire in the early 19th century, the German-speaking regions at the middle and lower course of the Rhine river
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Franconian is a linguistic marker for a number of West Germanic languages and dialects spoken in the former core of the Frankish Empire: the Low Countries (The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) and western Germany (around Aachen, Cologne and Trier) [1].
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West Central German (Westmitteldeutsch) belongs to the Central, High German dialect family in the German language. Its dialects are thoroughly Franconian including the following sub-families:
  • Central Franconian

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Rhine Franconian (German: Rheinfränkisch), or Rhenish Franconian, is a dialect family of West Central German. It comprises the German dialects spoken across the western regions of the states of Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Hesse in Germany.
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