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Re: Swiss-German vs. Swiss dialect of German

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Friday, February 14, 2003, 14:25
Staving Harald Stoiber:
>Hello people, :-)) > >I am a German native speaker living in Austria, thus, right next to >Switzerland. Having a friend who is living in Switzerland, there is one >thing that really puzzled me: Once I found an Old High German text on the >internet and I did not even understand 20% of it. I sent the text over to >a friend in Switzerland (Kanton Solothurn) and she gave me a 75% >translation of the text on the fly - without the slightest university >knowledge of the ancient german language! > >Speaking to swiss people can sometimes be travelling back to the roots of >German - which is enormously interesting!
Mind you, I've read interesting things about Austrian German as well. Tom Stoppard's play "On the Razzle" is adapted by a work by a Vienniese playwright, whose dialect was so strong that his plays are said to be untranslatable, even into German! Pete Bleackley