Low German


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Because northern Germany (Low Germany), where it is spoken, is lower in elevation than southern Germany.


Low German (uncountable)

  1. A West Germanic language spoken in Low (i.e. Northern) Germany and north-eastern parts of the Netherlands, and formerly also in large parts of eastern and north-eastern Europe, which developed out of Middle Low German from Old Saxon; often treated as a dialect group of German (or Dutch) for convenience, but widely recognized as a separate language.
  2. (linguistics) Any of a number of West Germanic languages, primarily spoken in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, that did not undergo the High German consonant shift; the group thereof.
    • 2016 (originally 2001), John M. Jeep (ed.), Michael Frassetto, Joan A. Holladay, Edward R. Haymes, Stephanie Cain Van D'Elden (associate eds.), Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia, published by Routledge (originally by Garland Publishing), p. 266 (section German Language, Dialects)
      [...] we may distinguish:
      Low German, containing:
      Low Franconian (lower Rhine), known from some psalm translations.
      Old Saxon (modern Lower Saxony), best known from the poem Heliand.
  3. (nonstandard) Any of many German dialects that are not the official standard although they are usually referred to only as "Platt".




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  • German: American Low German


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