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From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 22:19
Me govanen!
Lars Henrik Mathiesen tetent:
> > > Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 18:47:57 -0400 > > From: Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> > > > <despairing look> You mean I'm taking German and I'll be able to read > > abstruse German topology text but I won't be able to *talk* to anyone? I > > should've listened harder when my boyfriend made some vague mention of > > High/Low German. > > Hey now, I'm sure Germans could write lucid math texts if they wanted > to. But don't despair, I don't think you'll be able to find a Platt > speaker who isn't bilingual in High German as well. (Unless they live > in the Netherlands --- I think there is a small pocket there).
Actually, quite a large pocket, encompassing the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel and the east half of Gelderland. And those people are all bilingual in Dutch, and quite many of them quadrilingual: they speak Low German, Dutch, High German and English.
> In fact, the Standard German spoken in Northern Germany is actually > quite Standard, because the local dialects are a different languge. > The problem is Bavarians, Austrians and that lot, who think their > regional variants of High German are intelligible to people who have > learnt Standard German as a second language.
Yes, that's the problem. They *think* they speak German, while they do not. We here in northern Germany *know* that our mother language is something different than standard German, and thus bother learning the standard language, while those foppish southerners apparently haven't realized yet. ObConlang: The situation in southern Kemr might be similar: in those areas where the native language is Kerno, people speak better Brithenig than where it is a non-standard dialect of Brithenig proper. Syld, Jörg.