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Re: Austrian/German "thanks"?

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Friday, December 10, 2004, 14:50
On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 09:42:27 +0100, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:

>Quoting "J. 'Mach' Wust" <j_mach_wust@...>: > >> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 23:42:39 +0200, Rodlox <Rodlox@...> wrote: >> >> > are words such as /danke/ more German or Austrian or some other region? >> >> I guess standard German uses _danke_ in all regions. In more dialectal >> varieties, the word _dankschön_ may be common in certain regions. In >> Swiss dialects, the French loan _merci_ is more common (at least in >> Western Swiss German), pronounced /'mers:i/, though you didn't ask about >> Switzerland. I doubt that Swiss people would use _merci_ in Swiss >> standard German. > >I'd not presume to know exactly where to draw the line between Swiss >Standard German and very watered-down dialect, but I've heard _merci_ in >variants I can with little trouble understand.
Then I must be wrong, since Swiss German isn't used in "watered-down" forms (unlike in the rest of the German speaking regions, where a complex system of more or less dialectal varieties can be used depending on the situation). It's the Swiss standard German that may vary, from speaker to speaker depending on the teacher they had or whether they were for a time in Germany/Austria. Some may even use different varieties of Swiss standard German when they are together with Germans/Austrians or with Swiss. gry@s: j. 'mach' wust