Brandenburgisch dialect

Native to Germany
Region Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog mark1253[1]

Low Saxon and Low Franconian dialects
  (9): North Markish
  (10): South Markish

Brandenburgish, or Markish, is a dialect spoken in Germany in the northern and western parts of Brandenburg (Uckermark, Prignitz and Mittelmark regions) as well as in northern Saxony-Anhalt (Altmark). The language area can be further divided between into North Markish (Stendal, Wittenberge, Prenzlau) and South (or Central) Markish (Brandenburg an der Havel).

Brandenburgish was the East Low German dialect of the Brandenburg margraviate, but it has been much influenced by the East Central German dialects and by Standard German. With the arisal of the Berlin metropolitan area the original Brandenburgisch together with Berlinerisch has formed the local Berlin-Brandenburgish dialect, which today is considered an East Central German subgroup. The spread of Berlin-Brandenburgisch into the Markish language area is an ongoing process.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mark-Brandenburg". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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