East Central German
|East Central German|
|Region||Thuringia, Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg|
Central German dialects
Upper Saxon (8)
Berlin Brandenburgish (11)
East Central German is the eastern, non-Franconian sub-group of Central German dialects, themselves part of High German. Present-day Standard German as a High German variant has actually developed from a compromise of East Central (especially Upper Saxon promoted by Johann Christoph Gottsched) and East Franconian German. East Central German dialects are mainly spoken in Central Germany and parts of Brandenburg, and were formerly also spoken in Silesia and Bohemia.
East Central German is spoken in large parts of what is today known as the cultural area of Central Germany (Mitteldeutschland). It comprises:
- Thuringian (Thüringisch)
- Upper Saxon German (Obersächsisch)
- Lower and Upper Lusatian (Lausitzisch)
- Berlin-Brandenburgish (Südmärkisch), as distinct from Low German Brandenburgish (Markish)
- Keller, R. E. (1960) German Dialects: phonology and morphology. Manchester University Press.
- "Ethnologue: East Middle German". Retrieved 2010-11-24.