Hessian dialects

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Hessian
Hessisch
Native to Germany
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog hess1238[1]
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Central German dialects
  (4): Hessian

Hessian (German: Hessisch) is a West Central German group of dialects of the German language in the central German state of Hesse. The dialect most similar to Hessian is Palatinate German (Ger.: Pfälzisch, pronounced [ˈp͡fɛlt͡sɪʃ]) of the Rhine Franconian sub-family. However, the Hessian dialects have some features which set them somewhat apart from other West-Central German dialects.

Dialects

Hessian can be divided into four main dialects, namely those of:

To understand this division, one must consider the history of Hesse and the fact that this state is the result of an administrative reform.[2]

The urban regiolect of Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main area is based on the Southern Hesse dialect. In the Central Hessian dialect area, the Frankfurt regiolect is gradually replacing the traditional local dialects.

Southern Hessian

Changes to consonants

Consonants are often softened, as outlined by Carsten Keil in his document "A Quick Guide to the Language of Frankfurt". For instance the German "Äpfel" (apples) becomes "Ebbel" in Hessian.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Hessen Middle High German". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ The German Dialects, a practical approach, Wolfgang Näser, retrieved 19 July 2011
  3. ^ A Quick Guide to the Language of Frankfurt, Carsten Keil, retrieved 19 July 2011

External links

  • Hessian dialects (in German)
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