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Re: R: German dialectology

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2001, 17:08
On Sun, 29 Apr 2001, John Cowan wrote:

> On Sat, 28 Apr 2001, Mangiat wrote: > > > 3) how is it possible that Hannover, in the North, speaks the clearest > > version of High German? > > Because just as Standard Italian is the Tuscan tongue in a Roman mouth, Standard > German is Upper German as pronounced by Lower Germans, with strong > influence from the conventional spelling. As evidence for the latter > point, consider intervocalic /b/, which in every dialect is a spirant; > but the standard language prescribes [b]. >
actually, at the moment I have only 11 dialects to go on, mostly Thuringian and Mecklenburgsch-Vorpommersch ones, but in all but four -b- is [b], three have [w] and one has [v]. note this 11 doesn't include Henrik's or my speech though I have [B]. I will try to find again that book in which I read that late 18th century Saechsisch was a great influence on NHG. -------ferko Ferenc Gy. Valoczy Suurt chugunikka peene ahjo suhe et toukka. Virtual Votia - Vaddjamaa Internetaza: railways page: 25kV 50Hz: