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LANGUAGE CODES

ISO 639-1 de

ISO 639-2 ger (B) deu (T)

ISO 639-3 Variously: deu – German gmh – Middle High German goh – Old High German gct – Colonia Tovar German bar – Bavarian cim – Cimbrian geh – Hutterite German ksh – Kölsch nds – Low German sli – Lower Silesian ltz – Luxembourgish vmf – Mainfränkisch mhn – Mócheno pfl – Palatinate German pdc – Pennsylvania German pdt – Plautdietsch swg – Swabian German gsw – Swiss German uln – Unserdeutsch sxu – Upper Saxon wae – Walser German wep – Westphalian hrx – Riograndenser Hunsrückisch yec – Yenish

GLOTTOLOG high1287 High Franconian uppe1397 Upper German

LINGUASPHERE further information 52-AC (Continental West Germanic) > 52-ACB (Deutsch & Dutch) > 52-ACB-d ( Central German incl. 52-ACB–dl & -dm Standard/Generalised High German ) + 52-ACB-e & -f ( Upper German & Swiss German ) + 52-ACB-h (émigré German varieties incl. 52-ACB-hc Hutterite German Totalling 285 varieties: 52-ACB-daa to 52-ACB-i

(Co-)Official and majority language Co-official, but not majority language Statutory minority/cultural language Non-statutory minority language

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GERMAN (_Deutsch_ ( listen )) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and (co-) official language in Germany , Austria , Switzerland , South Tyrol ( Italy ), the German-speaking Community of Belgium , and Liechtenstein . It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg . The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans , Dutch , English , the Frisian languages , Low German (Low Saxon) , Luxembourgish , and Yiddish . German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language , after English.

One of the major languages of the world , German is the first language of about 95 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union . German also is the fourth most widely taught non- English language in the US (after Spanish , French and American Sign Language ) and third in the EU (after English and French; at lower secondary level), the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the fourth most widely used language on websites (after English , Russian and Japanese) . The German-speaking countries are ranked fifth in terms of annual publication of new books, with one tenth of all books (including e-books) in the world being published in the German language.

German derives most of its vocabulary from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. A portion of German words are derived from Latin and Greek , and fewer are borrowed from French and English . With slightly different standardized variants (German , Austrian , and Swiss Standard German ), German is a pluricentric language . Like English, German is also notable for its broad spectrum of dialects , with many unique varieties existing in Europe and also other parts of the world. Due to the limited intelligibility between certain varieties and Standard German , as well as the lack of an undisputed, scientific difference between a "dialect" and a "language", some German varieties or dialect groups (e.g. Low German or Plautdietsch ) are alternatively referred to as "languages" and "dialects".

CONTENTS

* 1 Classification

* 2 History

* 2.1 Old High German * 2.2 Middle High German * 2.3 Early New High German * 2.4 Austrian Empire * 2.5 Standardization

* 3 Geographic distribution

* 3.1 Europe

* 3.1.1 German Sprachraum * 3.1.2 Outside the Sprachraum

* 3.2 Africa

* 3.2.1 Namibia * 3.2.2 South Africa

* 3.3 North America

* 3.4 South America

* 3.4.1 Co-official statuses of German or German varieties in Brazil

* 3.5 Oceania * 3.6 German as a foreign language

* 4 Standard German

* 4.1 Varieties of Standard German

* 5 Dialects

* 5.1 Low German * 5.2 High German

* 6 Grammar

* 6.1 Noun inflection

* 6.2 Verb inflection

* 6.2.1 Verb prefixes

* 6.3 Word order

* 6.3.1 Auxiliary verbs * 6.3.2 Modal verbs * 6.3.3 Multiple infinitives

* 7 Vocabulary

* 8 Orthography

* 8.1 Present * 8.2 Past * 8.3 Reform of 1996

* 9 Phonology

* 9.1 Vowels

* 9.2 Consonants

* 9.2.1 Consonant spellings * 9.2.2 Consonant shifts

* 10 Literature * 11 German loanwords in the English language

* 12 Organisations

* 12.1 Goethe-Institut * 12.2 Verein Deutsche Sprache * 12.3 Deutsche Welle

* 13 See also * 14 References * 15 Notes * 16 Bibliography * 17 External links

CLASSIFICATION

The Germanic languages in Europe

Modern Standard German is a West Germanic language descended from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages . The Germanic languages are traditionally subdivided into three branches: North Germanic , East Germanic , and West Germanic . The first of these branches survives in modern Danish , Swedish , Norwegian , Faroese , and Icelandic , all of which are descended from Old Norse . The East Germanic languages are now extinct, and the only historical member of this branch from which written texts survive is Gothic . The West Germanic languages, however, have undergone extensive dialectal subdivision and are now represented in modern languages such as English , German, Dutch , Yiddish , Afrikaans , and others.

Within the West Germanic language dialect continuum, the Benrath and Uerdingen lines (running through Düsseldorf -Benrath and Krefeld - Uerdingen , respectively) serve to distinguish the Germanic dialects that were affected by the High German consonant shift (south of Benrath) from those that were not (north of Uerdingen). The various regional dialects spoken south of these lines are grouped as High German dialects _(nr. 29-34 on map)_, while those spoken to the north comprise the Low German/Low Saxon _(nr. 19-24)_ and Low Franconian _(nr. 25)_ dialects. As members of the West Germanic language family, High German, Low German, and Low Franconian can be further distinguished historically as Irminonic , Ingvaeonic , and Istvaeonic , respectively. This classification indicates their historical descent from dialects spoken by the Irminones (also known as the Elbe group), Ingvaeones (or North Sea Germanic group), and Istvaeones (or Weser-Rhine group). Standard German is based on Thuringian -Upper Saxon dialects _(nr. 30 on the map)_, which are Central German dialects _(nr. 29-31)_, belonging to the Irminonic High German dialect group. German is therefore most closely related to the other languages based on High German dialects, such as Luxembourgish (based on Central Franconian dialects - _nr. 29_), and Yiddish . Also closely related to Standard German are the Upper German dialects spoken in the southern German-speaking countries , such as Swiss German (Alemannic dialects - _nr. 34_), and the various dialects spoken in Grand Est , such as Alsatian (mainly Alemannic, but also Central- and Upper Franconian _(nr. 32)_ dialects) and Lorraine Franconian (Central Franconian - _nr. 29_).

After these High German dialects, standard German is (somewhat less closely) related to languages based on Low Franconian dialects (e.g. Dutch and Afrikaans) or Low German/Low Saxon dialects (spoken in northern Germany and southern Denmark ), neither of which underwent the High German consonant shift. As has been noted, the former of these dialect types is Istvaeonic and the latter Ingvaeonic, whereas the High German dialects are all Irminonic; the differences between these languages and standard German are therefore considerable. Also related to German are the Frisian languages—North Frisian (spoken in Schleswig-Holstein _nr. 28_), Saterland Frisian (spoken in Lower Saxony - _nr. 27_), and West Frisian (spoken in the Netherlands - _nr. 26_)—as well as the Anglic languages of English and Scots . These Anglo-Frisian dialects are all members of the Ingvaeonic family of West Germanic languages which did not take part in the High German consonant shift.

HISTORY

Main article: History of German

OLD HIGH GERMAN

Main article: Old High German

The history of the German language begins with the High German consonant shift during the migration period , which separated Old High German (OHG) dialects from Old Saxon . This sound shift involved a drastic change in the pronunciation of both voiced and voiceless stop consonants (_b_, _d_, _g_, and _p_, _t_, _k_, respectively). The primary effects of the shift were the following: (1) Voiceless stops became long (geminated ) voiceless fricatives following a vowel (2) Voiceless stops became affricates in word-initial position, or following certain consonants (3) Voiced stops became voiceless in certain phonetic settings.

VOICLESS STOP FOLLOWING A VOWEL WORD-INITIAL VOICELESS STOP VOICED STOP

/p/→/ff/ /p/→/pf/ /b/→/p/

/t/→/ss/ /t/→/ts/ /d/→/t/

/k/→/xx/ /k/→/kx/ /g/→/k/

While there is written evidence of the Old High German language in several Elder Futhark inscriptions from as early as the 6th century AD (such as the Pforzen buckle ), the Old High German period is generally seen as beginning with the _ Abrogans _ (written c.765-775), a Latin-German glossary supplying over 3,000 OHG words with their Latin equivalents. Following the _Abrogans_ the first coherent works written in OHG appear in the 9th, chief among them being the _ Muspilli _, the _Merseberg Incantations _, and the _ Hildebrandslied _, as well as a number of other religious texts (the _ Georgslied _, the _Ludwigslied _, the _Evangelienbuch_, and translated hymns and prayers). The _Muspilli_ is a Christian poem written in a Bavarian dialect offering an account of the soul after the Last Judgment , and the _Merseberg Incantations_ are transcriptions of spells and charms from the pagan Germanic tradition. Of particular interest to scholars, however, has been the _Hildebrandslied_, a secular epic poem telling the tale of an estranged father and son unknowingly meeting each other in battle. Linguistically this text is highly interesting due to the mixed use of Old Saxon and Old High German dialects in its composition. The written works of this period stem mainly from the Alamanni , Bavarian , and Thuringian groups, all belonging to the Elbe Germanic group (Irminones ), which had settled in what is now southern-central Germany and Austria between the 2nd and 6th centuries during the great migration.

In general, the surviving texts of OHG show a wide range of dialectal diversity with very little written uniformity. The early written tradition of OHG survived mostly through monasteries and scriptoria as local translations of Latin originals; as a result, the surviving texts are written in highly disparate regional dialects and exhibit significant Latin influence, particularly in vocabulary. At this point monasteries, where most written works were produced, were dominated by Latin, and German saw only occasional use in official and ecclesiastical writing.

The German language through the OHG period was still predominantly a spoken language with a wide range of dialects and a much more extensive oral than written tradition. Having just emerged from the High German consonant shift, OHG was also a relatively new and volatile language still undergoing a number of phonetic , phonological , morphological , and syntactic changes. The scarcity of written work, instability of the language, and widespread illiteracy of the time thus account for the fact that German shows very little standardization through the end of the OHG period in 1050.

MIDDLE HIGH GERMAN

_ The Germanic-speaking area of the Holy Roman Empire around AD 962. ------------------------- Old Frisian (Alt-Friesisch_) Old Saxon (_Alt-Sächsisch_) Old Franconian (_Alt-Fränkisch_) Old Alemannic (_Alt-Alemannisch_) Old Bavarian (_Alt-Bairisch_) Main article: Middle High German

While there is no complete agreement over the dates of the Middle High German (MHG) period, it is generally seen as lasting from 1050 to 1350. This period is characterized primarily by a significant expansion of the geographical territory occupied by Germanic tribes, and consequently of the number of German speakers. Whereas during the Old High German period the Germanic tribes extended only as far east as the Elbe and Saale rivers, the MHG period saw a number of these tribes expanding beyond this eastern boundary into Slavic territory (this is known as the _ Ostsiedlung _). Along with the increasing wealth and geographic influence of the Germanic groups came greater use of German in the courts of nobles as the standard language of official proceedings and literature. A clear example of this is the _mittelhochdeutsche Dichtersprache_ employed in the Hohenstaufen court in Swabia as a standardized supra-dialectal written language. While these efforts were still regionally bound, German began to be used in place of Latin for certain official purposes leading to a greater need for regularity in written conventions.

While the major changes of the MHG period were socio-cultural, German was still undergoing significant linguistic changes in syntax, phonetics, and morphology as well (e.g. diphthongization of certain vowel sounds: _hus_ (OHG "house")_→haus_ (MHG), and weakening of unstressed short vowels to schwa : _taga_ (OHG "days")→_tage_ (MHG)).

A great wealth of texts survive from the MHG period. Significantly, among this repertoire are a number of impressive secular works, such as the _ Nibelungenlied _, an epic poem telling the story of the dragon -slayer Siegfried (c.13th century), and the _ Iwein ,_ an Arthurian verse poem by Hartmann von Aue (c.1203), as well as several lyric poems and courtly romances such as _ Parzival _ and _ Tristan _ (also noteworthy is the _ Sachsenspiegel _, the first book of laws written in Middle _Low_ German (c.1220)). The abundance and (secular) character of the literature of the MHG period demonstrate the beginnings of a standardized written form of German, as well as the desire of poets and authors to be understood by individuals on supra-dialectal terms.

The Middle High German period is generally seen as ending with the decimation of the population of Europe in the Black Death of 1346-1353.

EARLY NEW HIGH GERMAN

Main article: Early New High German

Modern German begins with the Early New High German (ENHG) period, which the influential German philologist Wilhelm Scherer dates 1350-1650, terminating with the end of the Thirty Years\' War . This period saw the further displacement of Latin by German as the primary language of courtly proceedings and, increasingly, of literature in the German states . While these states were still under the control of the Holy Roman Empire and far from any form of unification, the desire for a cohesive written language that would be understandable across the many German-speaking principalities and kingdoms was stronger than ever. As a spoken language German remained highly fractured through this period with a vast number of often mutually-incomprehensible regional dialects being spoken throughout the German states; the invention of the printing press c.1440 and the publication of Luther\'s vernacular translation of the Bible in 1534, however, had an immense effect on standardizing German as a supra-dialectal written language.

The ENHG period saw the rise of several important cross-regional forms of chancery German, one being _gemeine tiutsch,_ used in the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I , and the other being _Meißner Deutsch_, used in the Electorate of Saxony in the Duchy of Saxe-Wittenberg . Alongside these courtly written standards, the invention of the printing press led to the development of a number of printers' languages (_Druckersprachen_) aimed at making printed material readable and understandable across as many diverse dialects of German as possible. The greater ease of production and increased availability of written texts brought about increased standardization in the written form of the German language. The widespread popularity of the Bible translated into German by Martin Luther helped establish modern German

One of the central events in the development of ENHG was the publication of Luther's translation of the Bible into German (the New Testament in 1522 and the Old Testament , published in parts and completed in 1534). Luther based his translation primarily on the _Meißner Deutsch_ of Saxony , spending much time among the population of Saxony researching the dialect so as to make the work as natural and accessible to German speakers as possible. Copies of Luther's Bible featured a long list of glosses for each region that translated words which were unknown in the region into the regional dialect. Concerning his translation method Luther says the following:

One who would talk German does not ask the Latin how he shall do it; he must ask the mother in the home, the children on the streets, the common man in the market-place and note carefully how they talk, then translate accordingly. They will then understand what is said to them because it is German. When Christ says 'ex abundantia cordis os loquitur,' I would translate, if I followed the papists, _aus dem Überflusz des Herzens redet der Mund_. But tell me is this talking German? What German understands such stuff? No, the mother in the home and the plain man would say, _Wesz das Herz voll ist, des gehet der Mund über_.

With Luther's rendering of the Bible in the vernacular German asserted itself against the dominance of Latin as a legitimate language for courtly, literary, and now ecclesiastical subject-matter. Further, his Bible was ubiquitous in the German states with nearly every household possessing a copy. Nevertheless, even with the influence of Luther's Bible as an unofficial written standard, it was not until the middle of the 18th century after the ENHG period that a widely accepted standard for written German appeared.

AUSTRIAN EMPIRE

Ethnolinguistic map of Austria- Hungary , 1910, with German-speaking areas shown in red

German was the language of commerce and government in the Habsburg Empire , which encompassed a large area of Central and Eastern Europe. Until the mid-19th century, it was essentially the language of townspeople throughout most of the Empire. Its use indicated that the speaker was a merchant or someone from an urban area, regardless of nationality.

Some cities, such as Prague (German: _Prag_) and Budapest ( Buda , German: _Ofen_), were gradually Germanized in the years after their incorporation into the Habsburg domain. Others, such as Pozsony (German: _Pressburg_, now Bratislava ), were originally settled during the Habsburg period, and were primarily German at that time. Prague, Budapest and Bratislava as well as cities like Zagreb (German: _Agram_), and Ljubljana (German: _Laibach_), contained significant German minorities.

In the eastern provinces of Banat and Transylvania (German: _Siebenbürgen_), German was the predominant language not only in the larger towns – such as Temeswar ( Timișoara ), Hermannstadt ( Sibiu ) and Kronstadt ( Brașov ) – but also in many smaller localities in the surrounding areas.

STANDARDIZATION

_ The Deutsches Wörterbuch _ (1854) by the Brothers Grimm helped to standardize German orthography.

The most comprehensive guide to the vocabulary of the German language is found within the _ Deutsches Wörterbuch _. This dictionary was created by the Brothers Grimm and is composed of 16 parts which were issued between 1852 and 1860. In 1872, grammatical and orthographic rules first appeared in the _ Duden Handbook _.

In 1901, the 2nd Orthographical Conference ended with a complete standardization of the German language in its written form and the _ Duden Handbook_ was declared its standard definition. The _Deutsche Bühnensprache_ (literally, German stage language) had established conventions for German pronunciation in theatre ( Bühnendeutsch ) three years earlier; however, this was an artificial standard that did not correspond to any traditional spoken dialect. Rather, it was based on the pronunciation of Standard German in Northern Germany, although it was subsequently regarded often as a general prescriptive norm, despite differing pronunciation traditions especially in the Upper-German-speaking regions that still characterize the dialect of the area today – especially the pronunciation of the ending _-ig_ as instead of . In Northern Germany, Standard German was a foreign language to most inhabitants, whose native dialects were subsets of Low German. It was usually encountered only in writing or formal speech; in fact, most of Standard German was a written language, not identical to any spoken dialect, throughout the German-speaking area until well into the 19th century.

Official revisions of some of the rules from 1901 were not issued until the controversial German orthography reform of 1996 was made the official standard by governments of all German-speaking countries. Media and written works are now almost all produced in Standard German (often called _Hochdeutsch_, "High German") which is understood in all areas where German is spoken.

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION

Main article: Geographical distribution of German speakers

Approximate distribution of native German speakers (assuming a rounded total of 95 million) worldwide. Germany (78.3%) Austria (8.4%) Switzerland (5.6%) Italy (South Tyrol) (0.4%) Other (7.3%)

Due to the German diaspora as well as German being the third most widely taught foreign language in the US and the EU amongst others, the geographical distribution of German speakers (or "Germanophones") spans all inhabited continents. As for the number of speakers of any language worldwide, an assessment is always compromised by the lack of sufficient, reliable data. For an exact, global number of native German speakers, this is further complicated by the existence of several varieties whose status as separate "languages" or "dialects" is disputed for political and/or linguistic reasons, including quantitatively strong varieties like certain forms of Alemannic (e.g., Alsatian ) and Low German/ Plautdietsch . Mostly depending on the inclusion or exclusion of certain varieties, it is estimated that approximately 90–95 million people speak German as a first language , 10-25 million as a second language , and 75–100 million as a foreign language . This would imply approximately 175-220 million German speakers worldwide. It is estimated that also including all persons who are or were taking German classes, i.e., regardless of their actual proficiency, would amount to about 280 million people worldwide with at least some knowledge of German.

Approximate distribution of native speakers of German or a German variety outside Europe (according to Ethnologue 2016 unless referenced otherwise) Numbers of speakers should not be summed up per country, as they most likely overlap considerably. Table includes varieties with disputed statuses as separate language.

STANDARD GERMAN HUNSRIK/HUNSRüCKISCH LOW GERMAN  "> The German language in Europe: "GERMAN SPRACHRAUM ": German is official language (de jure or de facto) and first language of the majority of the population German is a co-official language, but not the first language of the majority of the population German (or a German dialect) is a legally recognized minority language (Squares: Geographic distribution too dispersed/small for map scale) German (or a variety of German) is spoken by a sizeable minority, but has no legal recognition

German Sprachraum

Main article: List of territorial entities where German is an official language

The area in central Europe where the majority of the population speaks German as a first language and has German as a (co-)official language is called the "German Sprachraum ". It comprises an estimated 88 million native speakers and 10 million who speak German as a second language (e.g. immigrants). Excluding regional minority languages, German is the only official language of

* Germany (de facto, not specified in the constitution ), * Austria (de jure), * 17 cantons of Switzerland (de jure), and * Liechtenstein (de jure).

It is a co-official language of the

* Italian Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (also majority language), * Belgium (as majority language only in the German-speaking Community ), * four cantons of Switzerland , and * Luxembourg .

Outside The Sprachraum

Although expulsions and (forced) assimilation after the two World Wars greatly diminished them, minority communities of mostly bilingual German native speakers exist in areas both adjacent to and detached from the Sprachraum.

Within Europe, German is a recognized minority language in the following countries:

* Bosnia and Herzegovina (see also: _ Donauschwaben _) * Czech Republic (see also: Germans in the Czech Republic ) * Denmark (see also: North Schleswig Germans ) * Hungary (see also: Germans of Hungary ) * Italy (outside of South Tyrol; see also: Cimbrian , Mòcheno/Fersentalerisch , Walser German ) * Kazakhstan (see also: Germans of Kazakhstan ) * Poland (see also German minority in Poland ; German is auxiliary language in 31 communes ; ) * Romania (see also: Germans of Romania ) * Russia (see also: Germans in Russia ) * Slovakia (see also: Carpathian Germans ) * Ukraine (see also: Germans in Ukraine )

In France , the High German varieties of Alsatian and Moselle Franconian are identified as "regional languages ", but the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages of 1998 has not yet been ratified by the government. In the Netherlands , the Limburgish , Frisian , and Low German languages are protected regional languages according to the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages; however, they are widely considered separate languages and neither German nor Dutch dialects.

AFRICA

Namibia

Examples of German language in Namibian everyday life Main article: German language in Namibia

Namibia was a colony of the German Empire from 1884 to 1919. Mostly descending from German settlers who immigrated during this time, 25–30,000 people still speak German as a native tongue today. The period of German colonialism in Namibia also led to the evolution of a Standard German-based pidgin language called " Namibian Black German ", which became a second language for parts of the indigenous population. Although it is nearly extinct today, some older Namibians still have some knowledge of it.

German, along with English and Afrikaans was a co-official language of Namibia from 1984 until its independence from South Africa in 1990. At this point, the Namibian government perceived Afrikaans and German as symbols of apartheid and colonialism, and decided English would be the sole official language, claiming that it was a "neutral" language as there were virtually no English native speakers in Namibia at that time. German, Afrikaans and several indigenous languages became "national languages" by law, identifying them as elements of the cultural heritage of the nation and ensuring that the state acknowledged and supported their presence in the country. Today, German is used in a wide variety of spheres, especially business and tourism, as well as the churches (most notably the German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (GELK) ), schools (e.g. the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek ), literature (German-Namibian authors include Giselher W. Hoffmann), radio (the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation produces radio programs in German), and music (e.g. artist EES ). The _Allgemeine Zeitung _ is one of the three biggest newspapers in Namibia and the only German-language daily in Africa.

South Africa

Mostly originating from different waves of immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries, an estimated 12,000 people speak German or a German variety as a first language in South Africa . One of the largest communities consists of the speakers of "Nataler Deutsch ", a variety of Low German , concentrated in and around Wartburg . The small town of Kroondal in the North-West Province also has a mostly German speaking population. The South African constitution identifies German as a "commonly used" language and the Pan South African Language Board is obligated to promote and ensure respect for it. The community is strong enough that several German International schools are supported such as the Deutsche Schule Pretoria .

NORTH AMERICA

Main articles: German language in the United States , Pennsylvania German language , Plautdietsch , and Hutterite German

In the United States, the states of North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states where German is the most common language spoken at home after English. German geographical names can be found throughout the Midwest region of the country, such as New Ulm and many other towns in Minnesota ; Bismarck (North Dakota's state capital), Munich , Karlsruhe , and Strasburg (named after a town near Odessa in Ukraine) in North Dakota; New Braunfels , Fredericksburg , Weimar, and Muenster in Texas; Corn (formerly Korn), Kiefer and Berlin in Oklahoma; and Kiel , Berlin , and Germantown in Wisconsin.

Between 1843 and 1910, more than 5 million Germans emigrated overseas, mostly to the United States. German remained an important language in churches, schools, newspapers, and even the administration of the United States Brewers\' Association through the early 20th century, but was severely repressed during World War I . Over the course of the 20th century, many of the descendants of 18th century and 19th century immigrants ceased speaking German at home, but small populations of speakers are still found in Pennsylvania ( Amish , Hutterites , Dunkards and some Mennonites historically spoke Hutterite German and a West Central German variety of German known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch), Kansas ( Mennonites and Volga Germans ), North Dakota (Hutterite Germans, Mennonites, Russian Germans , Volga Germans, and Baltic Germans ), South Dakota , Montana , Texas ( Texas German ), Wisconsin , Indiana , Oregon , Oklahoma , and Ohio (72,570). A significant group of German Pietists in Iowa formed the Amana Colonies and continue to practice speaking their heritage language. Early twentieth century immigration was often to St. Louis , Chicago , New York , Milwaukee , Pittsburgh and Cincinnati . German-language newspapers in the U.S. in 1922

The dialects of German which are or were primarily spoken in colonies or communities founded by German-speaking people resemble the dialects of the regions the founders came from. For example, Hutterite German resembles dialects of Carinthia . Texas German is a dialect spoken in the areas of Texas settled by the Adelsverein , such as New Braunfels and Fredericksburg. In the Amana Colonies in the state of Iowa, Amana German is spoken. Plautdietsch is a large minority language spoken in Northern Mexico by the Mennonite communities, and is spoken by more than 200,000 people in Mexico. Pennsylvania German is a West Central German dialect spoken by most of the Amish population of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana and resembles Palatinate German dialects.

Hutterite German is an Upper German dialect of the Austro-Bavarian variety of the German language, which is spoken by Hutterite communities in Canada and the United States. Hutterite is spoken in the U.S. states of Washington , Montana , North Dakota , South Dakota , and Minnesota ; and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta , Saskatchewan and Manitoba . Its speakers belong to some Schmiedleit, Lehrerleit, and Dariusleit Hutterite groups, but there are also speakers among the older generations of Prairieleit (the descendants of those Hutterites who chose not to settle in colonies). Hutterite children who grow up in the colonies learn to speak Hutterite German before learning English, the standard language of the surrounding areas, in school. Many of these children, though, continue with German Grammar School, in addition to public school, throughout a student's elementary education.

In Canada , there are 622,650 speakers of German according to the most recent census in 2006, with people of German ancestry (German Canadians ) found throughout the country. German-speaking communities are particularly found in British Columbia (118,035) and Ontario (230,330). There is a large and vibrant community in the city of Kitchener, Ontario , which was at one point named Berlin. German immigrants were instrumental in the country's three largest urban areas: Montreal , Toronto , and Vancouver ; post-Second World War immigrants managed to preserve a fluency in the German language in their respective neighborhoods and sections. In the first half of the 20th century, over a million German-Canadians made the language Canada's third most spoken after French and English .

In Mexico there are also large populations of German ancestry , mainly in the cities of: Mexico City , Puebla , Mazatlán , Tapachula , Ecatepec de Morelos , and larger populations scattered in the states of Chihuahua , Durango , and Zacatecas .

SOUTH AMERICA

Municipalities where East Pomeranian is co-official in Espírito Santo , Brazil . Main articles: Brazilian German and Colonia Tovar dialect

In Brazil, the largest concentrations of German speakers are in the states of Rio Grande do Sul (where Riograndenser Hunsrückisch developed), Santa Catarina , Paraná , São Paulo and Espírito Santo . There are also important concentrations of German-speaking descendants in Argentina , Chile , Paraguay , Venezuela , Peru and Bolivia . In the 20th century, over 100,000 German political refugees and invited entrepreneurs settled in Latin America , in countries such as Costa Rica , Panama , Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic, to establish German-speaking enclaves, and reportedly there is a small German immigration to Puerto Rico . In most locations where German immigrants settled, the vast majority of their descendants no longer speak German, as they have been largely assimilated into the host language and culture of the specific location of settlement; generally Spanish or Portuguese.

Co-official Statuses Of German Or German Varieties In Brazil

* Espírito Santo (statewide cultural language)

* Domingos Martins * Laranja da Terra * Pancas * Santa Maria de Jetibá * Vila Pavão

* Rio Grande do Sul

* Santa Maria do Herval * Canguçu

* Santa Catarina

* Antônio Carlos * Pomerode

OCEANIA

In Australia , the state of South Australia experienced a pronounced wave of immigration in the 1840s from Prussia (particularly the Silesia region). With the prolonged isolation from other German speakers and contact with Australian English , a unique dialect known as Barossa German has developed and is spoken predominantly in the Barossa Valley near Adelaide . Usage of German sharply declined with the advent of World War I , due to the prevailing anti-German sentiment in the population and related government action. It continued to be used as a first language into the twentieth century but now its use is limited to a few older speakers.

German migration to New Zealand in the 19th century was less pronounced than migration from Britain, Ireland, and perhaps even Scandinavia. Despite this there were significant pockets of German-speaking communities which lasted until the first decades of the 20th century. German-speakers settled principally in Puhoi , Nelson , and Gore . At the last census (2006), 37,500 people in New Zealand spoke German, making it the third most spoken European language after English and French and overall the ninth most spoken language.

There is also an important German creole being studied and recovered, named Unserdeutsch , spoken in the former German colony of German New Guinea , across Micronesia and in northern Australia (i.e. coastal parts of Queensland and Western Australia ), by a few elderly people. The risk of its extinction is serious and efforts to revive interest in the language are being implemented by scholars.

GERMAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Knowledge of German as a foreign language in the EU member states (+ Turkey ), in per cent of the adult population (+15), 2005.

Like French and Spanish , German has become a classic second foreign language in the western world, as English (Spanish in the US) is well established as the first foreign language. German ranks second (after English) among the best known foreign languages in the EU (on a par with French) as well as in Russia . In terms of student numbers across all levels of education, German ranks third in the EU (after English and French) as well as in the United States (after Spanish and French). In 2015, approximately 15.4 million people were in the process of learning German across all levels of education worldwide. As this number remained relatively stable since 2005 (± 1 million), roughly 75–100 million people able to communicate in German as foreign language can be inferred assuming an average course duration of three years and other estimated parameters. According to a 2012 survey, 47 million people within the EU (i.e., up to two thirds of the 75-100 million worldwide) claimed to have sufficient German skills to have a conversation. Within the EU, not counting countries where it is an official language, German as a foreign language is most popular in Eastern and Northern Europe , namely the Czech Republic , Croatia , Denmark , the Netherlands , Slovakia , Hungary , Slovenia , Sweden and Poland . German was once and, to some extent, is still, a lingua franca in those parts of Europe.

STANDARD GERMAN

Main article: Standard German

Standard German originated not as a traditional dialect of a specific region but as a written language . However, there are places where the traditional regional dialects have been replaced by new vernaculars based on standard German; that is the case in large stretches of Northern Germany but also in major cities in other parts of the country. It is important to note, however, that the colloquial standard German differs greatly from the formal written language, especially in grammar and syntax, in which it has been influenced by dialectal speech.

Standard German differs regionally between German-speaking countries in vocabulary and some instances of pronunciation and even grammar and orthography . This variation must not be confused with the variation of local dialects . Even though the regional varieties of standard German are only somewhat influenced by the local dialects, they are very distinct. German is thus considered a pluricentric language .

In most regions, the speakers use a continuum from more dialectal varieties to more standard varieties according to circumstances.

VARIETIES OF STANDARD GERMAN

The national and regional standard varieties of German.

In German linguistics , German dialects are distinguished from varieties of standard German . The _varieties of standard German_ refer to the different local varieties of the pluricentric standard German. They differ only slightly in lexicon and phonology. In certain regions, they have replaced the traditional German dialects, especially in Northern Germany.

* German Standard German * Austrian Standard German * Swiss Standard German

In the German-speaking parts of Switzerland , mixtures of dialect and standard are very seldom used, and the use of Standard German is largely restricted to the written language, though about 10% of the Swiss residents speak _High German_ (aka Standard German) at home, but mainly due to German immigrants. This situation has been called a _medial diglossia _. Swiss Standard German is used in the Swiss education system, whereas Austrian Standard German is officially used in the Austrian education system.

A mixture of dialect and standard does not normally occur in Northern Germany either. The traditional varieties there are Low German, whereas Standard German is a High German "variety". Because their linguistic distance to it is greater, they do not mesh with Standard German the way that High German dialects (such as Bavarian, Swabian, Hessian) can.

DIALECTS

Main article: German dialects The continental West Germanic dialects The Low German (Low Saxon) (yellow) and Low Franconian (orange) dialects The Central German dialects The Upper German dialects

German is a member of the West Germanic language of the Germanic family of languages , which in turn is part of the Indo-European language family . The German dialects are the traditional local varieties; many of them are hardly understandable to someone who knows only standard German, and they have great differences in lexicon , phonology and syntax . If a narrow definition of language based on mutual intelligibility is used, many German dialects are considered to be separate languages (for instance in the Ethnologue ). However, such a point of view is unusual in German linguistics.

The German dialect continuum is traditionally divided most broadly into High German and Low German , also called Low Saxon . However, historically, High German dialects and Low Saxon/ Low German dialects do not belong to the same language. Nevertheless, in today's Germany, Low Saxon/ Low German is often perceived as a dialectal variation of Standard German on a functional level even by many native speakers. The same phenomenon is found in the eastern Netherlands, as the traditional dialects are not always identified with their Low Saxon/ Low German origins, but with Dutch.

The variation among the German dialects is considerable, with often only neighbouring dialects being mutually intelligible. Some dialects are not intelligible to people who know only Standard German. However, all German dialects belong to the dialect continuum of High German and Low Saxon.

LOW GERMAN

Main article: Low German

Middle Low German was the lingua franca of the Hanseatic League . It was the predominant language in Northern Germany until the 16th century. In 1534, the Luther Bible was published. The translation is considered to be an important step towards the evolution of the Early New High German . It aimed to be understandable to a broad audience and was based mainly on Central and Upper German varieties. The Early New High German language gained more prestige than Low German and became the language of science and literature. Around the same time, the Hanseatic League, based around northern ports, lost its importance as new trade routes to Asia and the Americas were established, and the most powerful German states of that period were located in Middle and Southern Germany.

The 18th and 19th centuries were marked by mass education in Standard German in schools. Gradually, Low German came to be politically viewed as a mere dialect spoken by the uneducated. Today, Low Saxon can be divided in two groups: Low Saxon varieties with a reasonable Standard German influx and varieties of Standard German with a Low Saxon influence known as Missingsch . Sometimes, Low Saxon and Low Franconian varieties are grouped together because both are unaffected by the High German consonant shift. However, the proportion of the population who can understand and speak it has decreased continuously since World War II .

HIGH GERMAN

Main article: High German languages

High German is divided into Central German , High Franconian (a transitional dialect), and Upper German . Central German dialects include Ripuarian , Moselle Franconian , Rhine Franconian , Central Hessian , East Hessian , North Hessian , Thuringian , Silesian German , Lorraine Franconian , Mittelalemannisch , North Upper Saxon , High Prussian , Lausitzisch-neumärkisch and Upper Saxon . It is spoken in the southeastern Netherlands, eastern Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of France and parts of Germany roughly between the river Main and the southern edge of the Lowlands. Modern Standard German is mostly based on Central German, but the common (linguistically incorrect) German term for modern Standard German is _Hochdeutsch_, High German.

The Moselle Franconian varieties spoken in Luxembourg have been officially standardised and institutionalised and are usually considered a separate language known as Luxembourgish .

The two High Franconian dialects are East Franconian and South Franconian .

Upper German dialects include Northern Austro-Bavarian , Central Austro-Bavarian , Southern Austro-Bavarian , Swabian , East Franconian , High Alemannic German , Highest Alemannic German , Alsatian and Low Alemannic German . They are spoken in parts of the Alsace, southern Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, and the German-speaking parts of Switzerland and Italy.

Wymysorys is a High German dialect of Poland native to Wilamowice , and Sathmarisch and Siebenbürgisch are High German dialects of Romania. The High German varieties spoken by Ashkenazi Jews (mostly in the former Russian Empire ) have several unique features, and are usually considered as a separate language, Yiddish . It is the only Germanic language that does not use the Latin script as the basis of its standard alphabet .

GRAMMAR

Main article: German grammar

German is a fusional language with a moderate degree of inflection , with three grammatical genders ; as such, there can be a large number of words derived from the same root.

NOUN INFLECTION

Declension of the German definite articles (all equivalent to English "the"). Further information: Grammatical gender in German

German nouns inflect by case, gender and number:

* four cases : nominative , accusative , genitive and dative . * three genders : masculine, feminine and neuter. Word endings sometimes reveal grammatical gender: for instance, nouns ending in _-ung_ (-ing), _-schaft_ (-ship), _-keit_ or _heit_ (-hood, -ness) are feminine, and nouns ending in _-chen_ or _-lein_ (diminutive forms) are neuter and nouns ending in _-ismus_ ( -ism ) are masculine. Others are more variable, sometimes depending on the region in which the language is spoken; and some endings are not restricted to one gender, e.g. _-er_ (-er ), e.g. _Feier_ (feminine), celebration, party, _Arbeiter_ (masculine), labourer, and _Gewitter_ (neuter), thunderstorm. * two numbers: singular and plural.

This degree of inflection is considerably less than in Old High German and other old Indo-European languages such as Latin , Ancient Greek , and Sanskrit , and it is also somewhat less than, for instance, Old English , modern Icelandic and Russian . The three genders have collapsed in the plural. With four cases and three genders plus plural, there are 16 permutations of case and gender/number, but there are only six forms of the definite article , which together cover all 16 permutations. In nouns, inflection for case is required in the singular for strong masculine and neuter nouns, in the genitive and sometimes in the dative. Both of these cases are losing ground to substitutes in informal speech . The dative noun ending is considered somewhat old-fashioned in many contexts and is often dropped, but it is still used in proverbs and the like, in formal speech and in written language. Weak masculine nouns share a common case ending for genitive, dative and accusative in the singular. Feminine nouns are not declined in the singular. The plural has an inflection for the dative. In total, seven inflectional endings (not counting plural markers) exist in German: _-s, -es, -n, -ns, -en, -ens, -e_.

In German orthography, nouns and most words with the syntactical function of nouns are capitalised to make it easier for readers to determine the function of a word within a sentence (_Am Freitag ging ich einkaufen._ – "On Friday I went shopping."; _Eines Tages kreuzte er endlich auf._ – "One day he finally showed up.") This convention is almost unique to German today (shared perhaps only by the closely related Luxembourgish language and several insular dialects of the North Frisian language ), but it was historically common in other languages such as Danish (which abolished the capitalization of nouns in 1948) and English.

Like the other Germanic languages, German forms noun compounds in which the first noun modifies the category given by the second,: _Hundehütte_ ("dog hut"; specifically: "dog kennel"). Unlike English, whose newer compounds or combinations of longer nouns are often written in "open" with separating spaces, German (like some other Germanic languages) nearly always uses the "closed" form without spaces, for example: _Baumhaus_ ("tree house"). Like English, German allows arbitrarily long compounds in theory (see also English compounds ). The longest German word verified to be actually in (albeit very limited) use is Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz , which, literally translated, is "beef labelling supervision duty assignment law" . However, examples like this are perceived by native speakers as excessively bureaucratic, stylistically awkward or even satirical.

VERB INFLECTION

Main article: German verbs

The inflection of standard German verbs includes:

* two main conjugation classes: weak and strong (as in English). Additionally, there is a third class, known as mixed verbs, whose conjugation combines features of both the strong and weak patterns. * three persons : first, second and third. * two numbers : singular and plural. * three moods : indicative , imperative and subjunctive (in addition to infinitive ) * two voices : active and passive. The passive voice uses auxiliary verbs and is divisible into static and dynamic. Static forms show a constant state and use the verb ’’to be’’ (sein). Dynamic forms show an action and use the verb “to become’’ (werden). * two tenses without auxiliary verbs (present and preterite ) and four tenses constructed with auxiliary verbs (perfect , pluperfect , future and future perfect ). * the distinction between grammatical aspects is rendered by combined use of subjunctive and/or preterite marking so the plain indicative voice uses neither of those two markers; the subjunctive by itself conveys secondhand information; subjunctive plus preterite marks the conditional state; and the preterite alone shows either plain indicative (in the past), or functions as a (literal) alternative for either second-hand-information or the conditional state of the verb, when necessary for clarity. * the distinction between perfect and progressive aspect is and has, at every stage of development, been a productive category of the older language and in nearly all documented dialects, but, strangely enough, it is now rigorously excluded from written usage in its present normalised form. * disambiguation of completed vs. uncompleted forms is widely observed and regularly generated by common prefixes (_blicken_ , _erblicken_ ).

Verb Prefixes

The meaning of basic verbs can be expanded and sometimes radically changed through the use of a number of prefixes. Some prefixes have a specific meaning; the prefix _ZER-_ refers to destruction, as in _ZERreißen_ (to tear apart), _ZERbrechen_ (to break apart), _ZERschneiden_ (to cut apart). Other prefixes have only the vaguest meaning in themselves; _VER-_ is found in a number of verbs with a large variety of meanings, as in _VERsuchen_ (to try) from _suchen_ (to seek), _VERnehmen_ (to interrogate) from _nehmen_ (to take), _VERteilen_ (to distribute) from _teilen_ (to share), _VERstehen_ (to understand) from _stehen_ (to stand).

Other examples include the following: _haften_ (to stick), _VERhaften_ (to detain); _kaufen_ (to buy), _VERkaufen_ (to sell); _hören_ (to hear), _AUFhören_ (to cease); _fahren_ (to drive), _ERfahren_ (to experience).

Many German verbs have a separable prefix, often with an adverbial function. In finite verb forms, it is split off and moved to the end of the clause and is hence considered by some to be a "resultative particle". For example, _mitgehen_, meaning "to go along", would be split, giving _Gehen Sie mit?_ (Literal: "Go you with?"; Idiomatic: "Are you going along?").

Indeed, several parenthetical clauses may occur between the prefix of a finite verb and its complement (ankommen = to arrive, er kam an = he arrived, er ist angekommen = he has arrived): _Er KAM am Freitagabend nach einem harten Arbeitstag und dem üblichen Ärger, der ihn schon seit Jahren immer wieder an seinem Arbeitsplatz plagt, mit fraglicher Freude auf ein Mahl, das seine Frau ihm, wie er hoffte, bereits aufgetischt hatte, endlich zu Hause AN._

A selectively literal translation of this example to illustrate the point might look like this: He "came" on Friday evening, after a hard day at work and the usual annoyances that had time and again been troubling him for years now at his workplace, with questionable joy, to a meal which, as he hoped, his wife had already put on the table, finally at home "on".

WORD ORDER

German word order is generally with the V2 word order restriction and also with the SOV word order restriction for main clauses . For polar questions, exclamations and wishes, the finite verb always has the first position. In subordinate clauses, the verb occurs at the very end.

German requires for a verbal element (main verb or auxiliary verb ) to appear second in the sentence . The verb is preceded by the topic of the sentence. The element in focus appears at the end of the sentence. For a sentence without an auxiliary, these are some possibilities: _Der alte Mann gab mir gestern das Buch._ (The old man gave me yesterday the book; normal order) _Das Buch gab mir gestern der alte Mann._ (The book gave me yesterday the old man) _Das Buch gab der alte Mann mir gestern._ (The book gave the old man me yesterday) _Das Buch gab mir der alte Mann gestern._ (The book gave me the old man yesterday) _Gestern gab mir der alte Mann das Buch._ (Yesterday gave me the old man the book, normal order) _Mir gab der alte Mann das Buch gestern._ ( me gave the old man the book yesterday (entailing: as for you, it was another date))

The position of a noun in a German sentence has no bearing on its being a subject, an object or another argument. In a declarative sentence in English, if the subject does not occur before the predicate, the sentence could well be misunderstood.

However, German's flexibile word order allows one to emphasise specific words:

Normal word order: _Der Direktor betrat gestern um 10 Uhr mit einem Schirm in der Hand sein Büro._ The manager entered yesterday at 10 o'clock with an umbrella in the hand his office.

Object in front: _Sein Büro betrat der Direktor gestern um 10 Uhr mit einem Schirm in der Hand._ His office entered the manager yesterday at 10 o'clock with an umbrella in the hand. The object _Sein Büro_ (his office) is thus highlighted; it could be the topic of the next sentence.

Adverb of time in front: _Gestern betrat der Direktor um 10 Uhr mit einem Schirm in der Hand sein Büro. (aber heute ohne Schirm)_ Yesterday entered the manager at 10 o'clock with an umbrella in the hand his office. (but today without umbrella)

Both time expressions in front: _Gestern um 10 Uhr betrat der Direktor mit einem Schirm in der Hand sein Büro_. Yesterday at 10 o'clock entered the manager with an umbrella in the hand his office. The full-time specification _Gestern um 10 Uhr_ is highlighted.

Another possibility: _Gestern um 10 Uhr betrat der Direktor sein Büro mit einem Schirm in der Hand_. Yesterday at 10 o'clock the manager entered his office with an umbrella in his hand. Both the time specification and the fact he carried an umbrella are accentuated.

Swapped adverbs: _Der Direktor betrat mit einem Schirm in der Hand gestern um 10 Uhr sein Büro._ The manager entered with an umbrella in the hand yesterday at 10 o'clock his office. The phrase _mit einem Schirm in der Hand_ is highlighted.

Swapped object: _Der Direktor betrat gestern um 10 Uhr sein Büro mit einem Schirm in der Hand._ The manager entered yesterday at 10 o'clock his office with an umbrella in his hand. The time specification and the object _sein Büro_ (his office) are lightly accentuated.

The flexible word order also allows one to use language "tools" (such as poetic meter and figures of speech ) more freely.

Auxiliary Verbs

When an auxiliary verb is present, it appears in second position, and the main verb appears at the end. This occurs notably in the creation of the perfect tense . Many word orders are still possible: _Der alte Mann hat mir heute das Buch gegeben._ (The old man has me today the book given.) _Das Buch hat der alte Mann mir heute gegeben._ (_THE BOOK_ has the old man me today given.) _Heute hat der alte Mann mir das Buch gegeben._ (_TODAY_ has the old man me the book given.)

The main verb may appear in first position to put stress on the action itself. The auxiliary verb is still in second position. _Gegeben hat mir der alte Mann das Buch heute._ (_GIVEN_ has me the old man the book 'TODAY\'.) The bare fact that the book has been given is emphasized, as well as 'today'.

Modal Verbs

Sentences using modal verbs place the infinitive at the end. For example, the English sentence "Should he go home?" would be rearranged in German to say "Should he (to) home go?" (_Soll er nach Hause gehen?_). Thus, in sentences with several subordinate or relative clauses, the infinitives are clustered at the end. Compare the similar clustering of prepositions in the following (highly contrived) English sentence: "What did you bring that book that I do not like to be read to out of up for?"

Multiple Infinitives

German subordinate clauses have all verbs clustered at the end. Given that auxiliaries encode future , passive , modality , and the perfect , very long chains of verbs at the end of the sentence can occur. In these constructions, the past participle in _ge-_ is often replaced by the infinitive. _Man nimmt an, dass der Deserteur wohl erschossenV wordenpsv seinperf sollmod_ One suspects that the deserter probably shot become be should. ("It is suspected that the deserter probably had been shot") _Er wusste nicht, dass der Agent einen Nachschlüssel hatte machen lassen_ He knew not that the agent a picklock had make let _Er wusste nicht, dass der Agent einen Nachschlüssel machen lassen hatte_ He knew not that the agent a picklock make let had ("He did not know that the agent had had a picklock made")

The order at the end of such strings is subject to variation, but the latter version is unusual.

VOCABULARY

_ Duden _ dictionary. _ ÖWB _, Austrian Dictionary from 1985.

Most German vocabulary is derived from the Germanic branch of the European language family. However, there are a significant amount of loanwords from other languages, in particular from Latin , Greek , Italian , French and most recently English. In the early 19th century, Joachim Heinrich Campe estimated that one fifth of the total German vocabulary was of French or Latin origin.

Latin words were already imported into the predecessor of the German language during the Roman Empire and underwent all the characteristic phonetic changes in German. Their origin is thus no longer recognizable for most speakers (e.g. _Pforte_, _Tafel_, _Mauer_, _Käse_, _Köln_ from Latin _porta_, _tabula_, _murus_, _caseus_, _Colonia_). Borrowing from Latin continued after the fall of the Roman Empire during Christianization, mediated by the church and monasteries. Another important influx of Latin words can be observed during Renaissance humanism . In a scholarly context, the borrowings from Latin have continued until today, in the last few decades often indirectly through borrowings from English. During the 15th to 17th centuries, the influence of Italian was great, leading to many Italian loanwords in the fields of architecture, finance, and music. The influence of the French language in the 17th to 19th centuries resulted in an even greater import of French words. The English influence was already present in the 19th century, but it did not become dominant until the second half of the 20th century.

At the same time, the effectiveness of the German language in forming equivalents for foreign words from its inherited Germanic stem repertory is great. Thus, Notker Labeo was able to translate Aristotelian treatises in pure (Old High) German in the decades after the year 1000. The tradition of loan translation was revitalized in the 18th century, with linguists like Joachim Heinrich Campe , who introduced close to 300 words that are still used in modern German. Even today, there are movements that try to promote the _ Ersatz _ (substitution) of foreign words deemed unnecessary with German alternatives. It is claimed that this would also help in spreading modern or scientific notions among the less educated and as well democratise public life.

As in English, there are many pairs of synonyms due to the enrichment of the Germanic vocabulary with loanwords from Latin and Latinized Greek. These words often have different connotations from their Germanic counterparts and are usually perceived as more scholarly.

* _Historie_ – "historical", (_Geschichte, geschichtlich_) * _Humanität_ – "humaneness", (_Menschlichkeit_) * _Millennium_ – "millennium", (_Jahrtausend_) * _Perzeption_ – "perception", (_Wahrnehmung_) * _Vokabular_ – "vocabulary", (_Wortschatz_)

The size of the vocabulary of German is difficult to estimate. The _ Deutsches Wörterbuch _ (_The German Dictionary_) initiated by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm already contained over 330,000 headwords in its first edition. The modern German scientific vocabulary is estimated at nine million words and word groups (based on the analysis of 35 million sentences of a corpus in Leipzig, which as of July 2003 included 500 million words in total).

The Duden is the _de facto_ official dictionary of the German language, first published by Konrad Duden in 1880. The Duden is updated regularly, with new editions appearing every four or five years. As of August 2013 it is in its 26th edition and in 12 volumes, each covering different aspects such as loanwords , etymology , pronunciation , synonyms , and so forth. The first of these volumes, _Die deutsche Rechtschreibung_ (English: German Orthography), has long been the prescriptive source for the spelling of German. The _Duden_ has become the bible of the German language, being the definitive set of rules regarding grammar, spelling and usage of German.

The _ Österreichisches Wörterbuch _ ("Austrian Dictionary"), abbreviated _ ÖWB _, is the official dictionary of the German language in the Republic of Austria . It is edited by a group of linguists under the authority of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (German: _Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur_). It is the Austrian counterpart to the German _ Duden _ and contains a number of terms unique to Austrian German or more frequently used or differently pronounced there. A considerable amount of this "Austrian" vocabulary is also common in Southern Germany , especially Bavaria , and some of it is used in Switzerland as well. The most recent edition is the 42nd from 2012. Since the 39th edition from 2001 the orthography of the _ÖWB_ was adjusted to the German spelling reform of 1996 . The dictionary is also officially used in the Italian province of South Tyrol .

ORTHOGRAPHY

Main articles: German orthography and German braille German alphabet , one of Austria's elementary school handwriting programs German alphabet , elementary school handwriting program in some West German states

German is written in the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard letters, German has three vowels with Umlaut , namely _ä_, _ö_ and _ü_, as well as the Eszett or _scharfes s _ (sharp s), _ß _. In Switzerland "ss" is used instead of "ß". Additionally, when written in capitals, "ß" is replaced with "ss" in Germany, whereas in Austria it is traditionally replaced with "sz" (the same digraph used in Hungarian for the "s" sound); there are some exceptions to these rules (see below).

Written texts in German are easily recognisable as such by distinguishing features such as umlauts and certain orthographical features – German is the only major language that capitalizes all nouns, a relic of a widespread practice in Northern Europe in the early modern era (including English for a while, in the 1700s) – and the frequent occurrence of long compounds. The longest German word that has been published is _Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft _ made of 79 characters. Because legibility and convenience set certain boundaries, compounds consisting of more than three or four nouns are almost exclusively found in humorous contexts. (In contrast, although English can also string nouns together, it usually separates the nouns with spaces. For example, "toilet bowl cleaner".)

PRESENT

Before the German orthography reform of 1996 , _ß_ replaced _ss_ after long vowels and diphthongs and before consonants, word-, or partial-word-endings. In reformed spelling, _ß_ replaces _ss_ only after long vowels and diphthongs. Because there is no capital ß , it is always written as "SS" when capitalization is required. For example, _Maßband_ (tape measure) is capitalized _MASSBAND_. An exception is the use of ß in legal documents and forms when capitalizing names. To avoid confusion with similar names, an "ß" is used instead of "SS". (So: "KREßLEIN" instead of "KRESSLEIN".) A capital ß has been proposed and included in Unicode ("ẞ"; Unicode character U+1E9E), but it is not yet recognized as standard German. In Switzerland , ß is not used at all.

Umlaut vowels (ä, ö, ü) are commonly transcribed with ae, oe, and ue if the umlauts are not available on the keyboard or other medium used. In the same manner ß can be transcribed as ss. Some operating systems use key sequences to extend the set of possible characters to include, amongst other things, umlauts; in Microsoft Windows this is done using Alt codes . German readers understand these transcriptions (although they appear unusual), but they are avoided if the regular umlauts are available because they are a makeshift, not proper spelling. (In Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, city and family names exist where the extra e has a vowel lengthening effect, e.g. _Raesfeld_ , _Coesfeld_ and _Itzehoe_ , but this use of the letter e after a/o/u does not occur in the present-day spelling of words other than proper nouns .)

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There is no general agreement on where letters with umlauts occur in the sorting sequence. Telephone directories treat them by replacing them with the base vowel followed by an e. Some dictionaries sort each umlauted vowel as a separate letter after the base vowel, but more commonly words with umlauts are ordered immediately after the same word without umlauts. As an example in a telephone book _Ärzte_ occurs after _Adressenverlage_ but before _Anlagenbauer_ (because Ä is replaced by Ae). In a dictionary _Ärzte_ comes after _Arzt_, but in some dictionaries _Ärzte_ and all other words starting with _Ä_ may occur after all words starting with _A_. In some older dictionaries or indexes, initial _Sch_ and _St_ are treated as separate letters and are listed as separate entries after _S_, but they are usually treated as S+C+H and S+T.

Written German also typically uses an alternative opening inverted comma (quotation mark ) as in _„Guten Morgen!“_.

PAST

A Russian dictionary from 1931, showing the "German alphabet" – the 3rd and 4th columns of each half are Fraktur and Kurrent respectively, with the footnote explaining ligatures used in Fraktur. Further information: 2nd Orthographic Conference (German) , Antiqua– Fraktur dispute , and German orthography reform of 1944

Until the early 20th century, German was mostly printed in blackletter typefaces (mostly in Fraktur , but also in Schwabacher ) and written in corresponding handwriting (for example Kurrent and Sütterlin ). These variants of the Latin alphabet are very different from the serif or sans-serif Antiqua typefaces used today, and the handwritten forms in particular are difficult for the untrained to read. The printed forms, however, were claimed by some to be more readable when used for Germanic languages . (Often, foreign names in a text were printed in an Antiqua typeface even though the rest of the text was in Fraktur.) The Nazis initially promoted Fraktur and Schwabacher because they were considered Aryan , but they abolished them in 1941, claiming that these letters were Jewish. It is also believed that the Nazi régime had banned this script as they realized that Fraktur would inhibit communication in the territories occupied during World War II .

The Fraktur script however remains present in everyday life in pub signs, beer brands and other forms of advertisement, where it is used to convey a certain rusticality and antiquity.

A proper use of the long s , (_langes s_), ſ , is essential for writing German text in Fraktur typefaces. Many Antiqua typefaces include the long s also. A specific set of rules applies for the use of long s in German text, but nowadays it is rarely used in Antiqua typesetting. Any lower case "s" at the beginning of a syllable would be a long s, as opposed to a terminal s or short s (the more common variation of the letter s), which marks the end of a syllable; for example, in differentiating between the words _Wachſtube_ (guard-house) and _Wachstube_ (tube of polish/wax). One can easily decide which "s" to use by appropriate hyphenation, (_Wach-ſtube_ vs. _Wachs-tube_). The long s only appears in lower case .

REFORM OF 1996

Main article: German orthography reform of 1996

The orthography reform of 1996 led to public controversy and considerable dispute. The states (_Bundesländer_) of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria would not accept it. The dispute landed at one point in the highest court, which made a short issue of it, claiming that the states had to decide for themselves and that only in schools could the reform be made the official rule – everybody else could continue writing as they had learned it. After 10 years, without any intervention by the federal parliament, a major revision was installed in 2006, just in time for the coming school year. In 2007, some traditional spellings were finally invalidated, whereas in 2008, on the other hand, many of the old comma rules were again put in force.

The most noticeable change was probably in the use of the letter _ß_, called _scharfes s_ (_Sharp S_) or _ess-zett_ (pronounced _ess-tsett_). Traditionally, this letter was used in three situations:

* After a long vowel or vowel combination, * Before a _t_, and * At the end of a syllable

Thus _Füße_, _paßt_, and _daß_. Currently only the first rule is in effect, thus _Füße_, _passt_, and _dass_. The word _Fuß_ 'foot' has the letter _ß_ because it contains a long vowel, even though that letter occurs at the end of a syllable. The logic of this change is that an 'ß' is a single letter whereas 'ss' obviously are two letters, so the same distinction applies as for instance between the words _den_ and _denn_.

PHONOLOGY

Main article: German phonology

VOWELS

Spoken German in Goethe\'s Faust

In German, vowels (excluding diphthongs; see below) are either _short_ or _long_, as follows:

A Ä E I O Ö U Ü

SHORT /a/ /ɛ/ /e/, /ə/ /ɪ/ /ɔ/ /œ/ /ʊ/ /ʏ/

LONG /aː/ /ɛː/ /eː/ /iː/ /oː/ /øː/ /uː/ /yː/

Short /ɛ/ is realized as in stressed syllables (including secondary stress ), but as in unstressed syllables. Note that stressed short /ɛ/ can be spelled either with _e_ or with _ä_ (for instance, _hätte_ "would have" and _Kette_ "chain" rhyme). In general, the short vowels are open and the long vowels are close. The one exception is the open /ɛː/ sound of long _Ä_; in some varieties of standard German, /ɛː/ and /eː/ have merged into , removing this anomaly. In that case, pairs like _Bären/Beeren_ 'bears/berries' or _Ähre/Ehre_ 'spike (of wheat)/honour' become homophonous (see: Captain Bluebear ).

In many varieties of standard German, an unstressed /ɛr/ is not pronounced , but vocalised to .

Whether any particular vowel letter represents the long or short phoneme is not completely predictable, although the following regularities exist:

* If a vowel (other than _i_) is at the end of a syllable or followed by a single consonant, it is usually pronounced long (e.g. _Hof_ ). * If a vowel is followed by _h_ or if an _i_ is followed by an _e_, it is long. * If the vowel is followed by a double consonant (e.g. _ff_, _ss_ or _tt_), _ck_, _tz_ or a consonant cluster (e.g. _st_ or _nd_), it is nearly always short (e.g. _hoffen_ ). Double consonants are used only for this function of marking preceding vowels as short; the consonant itself is never pronounced lengthened or doubled, in other words this is not a feeding order of gemination and then vowel shortening .

Both of these rules have exceptions (e.g. _hat_ "has" is short despite the first rule; _Mond_ , "moon " is long despite the second rule). For an _i_ that is neither in the combination _ie_ (making it long) nor followed by a double consonant or cluster (making it short), there is no general rule. In some cases, there are regional differences: In central Germany ( Hessen ), the _o_ in the proper name "Hoffmann" is pronounced long, whereas most other Germans would pronounce it short; the same applies to the _e_ in the geographical name " Mecklenburg " for people in that region. The word _Städte_ "cities", is pronounced with a short vowel by some ( Jan Hofer , ARD Television ) and with a long vowel by others ( Marietta Slomka , ZDF Television). Finally, a vowel followed by _ch_ can be short (_Fach_ "compartment", _Küche_ "kitchen") or long (_Suche_ "search", _Bücher_ "books") almost at random. Thus, _Lache_ is homographous between _Lache_ "puddle" and _Lache_ "manner of laughing" (colloquial) or _lache!_ "laugh!" (imperative).

German vowels can form the following digraphs (in writing) and diphthongs (in pronunciation); note that the pronunciation of some of them (ei, äu, eu) is very different from what one would expect when considering the component letters:

SPELLING ai, ei, ay, ey au äu, eu

PRONUNCIATION /aɪ̯/ /aʊ̯/ /ɔʏ̯/

Additionally, the digraph _ie_ generally represents the phoneme /iː/, which is not a diphthong. In many varieties, an /r/ at the end of a syllable is vocalised. However, a sequence of a vowel followed by such a vocalised /r/ is not a phonemic diphthong: _Bär_ "bear", _er_ "he", _wir_ "we", _Tor_ "gate", _kurz_ "short", _Wörter_ "words".

In most varieties of standard German, syllables that begin with a vowel are preceded by a glottal stop .

CONSONANTS

With approximately 25 phonemes, the German consonant system exhibits an average number of consonants in comparison with other languages. One of the more noteworthy ones is the unusual affricate /p͡f/. The consonant inventory of the standard language is shown below.

BILABIAL LABIODENTAL ALVEOLAR POSTALVEOLAR PALATAL VELAR UVULAR GLOTTAL

PLOSIVE p3 b4

t3 d4

k3 ɡ4

AFFRICATE

pf ts tʃ (dʒ)5

FRICATIVE

f v s z ʃ (ʒ)5

x1

h

NASAL m

n

ŋ

APPROXIMANT

l

j

RHOTIC

r2

(ʁ~ʀ)2

* 1/x/ has two allophones, and , after back and front vowels, respectively. * 2/r/ has three allophones in free variation: , and . In the syllable coda , the allophone is found in many varieties. * 3 The voiceless stops /p/, /t/, /k/ are aspirated except when preceded by a sibilant , exactly as in English. * 4 The voiced stops /b/, /d/, /ɡ/ are devoiced to /p/, /t/, /k/, respectively, in word-final position. * 5/d͡ʒ/ and /ʒ/ occur only in words of foreign (usually English or French) origin. * Where a stressed syllable has an initial vowel, it is preceded by . As its presence is predictable from context, is not considered a phoneme.

Consonant Spellings

* C standing by itself is not a German letter. In borrowed words, it is usually pronounced (before ä, äu, e, i, ö, ü, y) or (before a, o, u, and consonants). The combination CK is, as in English, used to indicate that the preceding vowel is short. * CH occurs often and is pronounced either (after ä, ai, äu, e, ei, eu, i, ö, ü and consonants; in the diminutive suffix _-chen_; and at the beginning of a word), (after a, au, o, u), or at the beginning of a word before a, o, u and consonants. CH never occurs at the beginning of an originally German word. In borrowed words with initial Ch before front vowels (_Chemie_ "chemistry" etc.), is considered standard. However, Upper Germans and Franconians (in the geographical sense) replace it with , as German as a whole does before darker vowels and consonants such as in _Charakter_, _Christentum_. Middle Germans (except Franconians) will borrow a from the French model. Both agree in considering each other's variant, and Upper Germans also the standard in , as particularly awkward and unusual. * DSCH is pronounced (e.g. _Dschungel_ /ˈd͡ʒʊŋəl/ "jungle") but appears in a few loanwords only. * F is pronounced as in "_f_ather". * H is pronounced as in "_h_ome" at the beginning of a syllable. After a vowel it is silent and only lengthens the vowel (e.g. _Reh_ = roe deer ). * J is pronounced in Germanic words (_Jahr_ ) (like "y" in "year"). In recent loanwords, it follows more or less the respective languages' pronunciations. * L is always pronounced , never * (the English "dark L "). * Q only exists in combination with U and is pronounced . It appears in both Germanic and Latin words (_quer_ ; _Qualität_ ). But as most words containing q are Latinate, the letter is considerably rarer in German than it is in English. * R is usually pronounced in a guttural fashion (a voiced uvular fricative or uvular trill ) in front of a vowel or consonant (_Rasen_ ; _Burg_ ). In spoken German, however, it is commonly vocalised after a vowel (_er_ being pronounced rather like – _Burg_ ). In some varieties, the R is pronounced as a "tongue-tip" _r_ (the alveolar trill ). * S in German is pronounced (as in "_z_ebra") if it forms the syllable onset (e.g. _Sohn_ ), otherwise (e.g. _Bus_ ). In Austria and Switzerland and often in Southern Germany, it is always pronounced . A SS indicates that the preceding vowel is short. ST and SP at the beginning of words of German origin are pronounced and , respectively. * ß (a letter unique to German called _scharfes S_ or _Eszett _) was a ligature of a double S _and_ of an SZ and is always pronounced . Originating in Blackletter typeface, it traditionally replaced SS at the end of a syllable (e.g. _ich muss_ → _ich muß_; _ich müsste_ → _ich müßte_); within a word it contrasts with SS in indicating that the preceding vowel is long (compare _in Maßen_ "with moderation" and _in Massen_ "in loads"). The use of ß has recently been limited by the latest German spelling reform and is no longer used for SS after a short vowel (e.g. _ich muß_ and _ich müßte_ were always pronounced with a short U/Ü); Switzerland and Liechtenstein already abolished it in 1934. * SCH is pronounced (like "sh" in "shine"). * TION in Latin loanwords is pronounced . * TH is found, rarely, in loanwords and is pronounced if the loanword is from Greek, and usually as in the original if the loanword is from English (though some, mostly older, speakers tend to replace the English th-sound with ). * V is pronounced in a limited number of words of Germanic origin, such as _Vater_ , _Vogel_ "bird", _von_ "from, of", _vor_ "before, in front of", _voll_ "full" and the prefix _ver-_. It is also used in loanwords, where it is normally pronounced . This pronunciation is common in words like _Vase_, _Vikar_, _Viktor_, _Viper_, _Ventil_, _vulgär_, and English loanwords; however, pronunciation is by some people in some in the very south. The only non-German word in which "v" is always pronounced "f" is _Eva_ (Eve). * W is pronounced as in "_v_acation" (e.g. _was_ ). * Y is pronounced as when long, and when short (as in _Hygiene_ ; _Labyrinth_ or _Gymnasium_ /ɡʏmˈnaːziʊm/), except in _ay_ and _ey_ which are both pronounced . It is also often used in loanwords and pronounced like in the original language like in _Style_ or _Recycling_. * Z is always pronounced (e.g. _zog_ ), except in loanwords. A TZ indicates that the preceding vowel is short.

Consonant Shifts

For more details on this topic, see High German consonant shift .

German does not have any dental fricatives (as English TH). The TH sounds, which the English language still has, disappeared on the continent in German with the consonant shifts between the 8th and the 10th centuries. It is sometimes possible to find parallels between English and German by replacing the English TH with D in German: "Thank" → in German _Dank_, "this" and "that" → _dies_ and _das_, "thou " (old 2nd person singular pronoun) → _du_, "think" → _denken_, "thirsty" → _durstig_ and many other examples.

Likewise, the GH in Germanic English words, pronounced in several different ways in modern English (as an F, or not at all), can often be linked to German CH: "to laugh" → _lachen_, "through" and "thorough" → _durch_, "high" → _hoch_, "naught" → _nichts_, "light" → _leicht_ or _Licht_, "sight" → _Sicht_, "daughter" → _Tochter_, "neighbour" → _Nachbar_.

LITERATURE

Main article: German literature

The German language is used in German literature and can be traced back to the Middle Ages , with the most notable authors of the period being Walther von der Vogelweide and Wolfram von Eschenbach . The _ Nibelungenlied _, whose author remains unknown, is also an important work of the epoch. The fairy tales collections collected and published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the 19th century became famous throughout the world.

Reformer and theologian Martin Luther , who was the first to translate the Bible into German, is widely credited for having set the basis for the modern "High German" language. Among the most well known German poets and authors are Lessing , Goethe , Schiller , Kleist , Hoffmann , Brecht and Heine . Thirteen German-speaking people have won the Nobel Prize in literature : Theodor Mommsen , Rudolf Christoph Eucken , Paul von Heyse , Gerhart Hauptmann , Carl Spitteler , Thomas Mann , Nelly Sachs , Hermann Hesse , Heinrich Böll , Elias Canetti , Günter Grass , Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller .

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) Brothers Grimm (1785–1863) Thomas Mann (1875–1955) Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)

GERMAN LOANWORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

English has taken many loanwords from German, often without any change of spelling (aside from, often, the elimination of umlauts and not capitalizing nouns):

GERMAN WORD ENGLISH LOANWORD MEANING OF GERMAN WORD

abseilen abseil to descend by rope / to fastrope

Angst angst fear

Ansatz ansatz onset / entry / math / approach

Anschluss anschluss connection / access / annexation

Automat automat automation / machine

Bildungsroman bildungsroman novel concerned with the personal development or education of the protagonist

Blitz Blitz flash / lightning

Bratwurst bratwurst fried sausage

Delikatessen delikatessen / delicatessen delicate / delicious food items

Doppelgänger doppelgänger lit. "double going / living person alive", look-alike of somebody

Dramaturg dramaturg professional position within a theatre or opera company that deals mainly with research and development of plays or operas

Edelweiß edelweiss edelweiss flower

Ersatz ersatz lit. "replacement", typically used to refer to an inferior substitute for a desired substance or item

Fest fest feast / celebration

Gedankenexperiment gedankenexperiment thought experiment

Geländesprung gelandesprung ski jumping for distance on alpine equipment

Gemütlichkeit gemütlichkeit snug feeling, cosiness, good nature, geniality

Gestalt gestalt form or shape / creature / scheme; refers to a concept of 'wholeness'

Gesundheit! Gesundheit! (Amer.) health / bless you! (when someone sneezes)

Glockenspiel glockenspiel percussion instrument

Heiligenschein heiligenschein meteo. "holy shine" / halo

Hinterland hinterland lit. mil. "area behind the front-line": interior / backwoods

kaputt kaput out of order, not working

Katzenjammer katzenjammer lit. "cats' lament": hangover, crapulence

Kindergarten kindergarten lit. "children's garden" – nursery or preschool

Kitsch kitsch fake art, something produced exclusively for sale

Kohlsalat cole slaw cabbage salad (bastardized)

Kraut kraut herb, cabbage in some dialects

Leitmotiv leitmotif guiding theme (the verb _leiten_ means "to guide, to lead")

plündern (v.) to plunder lit. "taking goods by force" (original meaning "to take away furniture" shifted in German and was borrowed by English both during the Thirty Years War )

Poltergeist poltergeist lit. "rumbling ghost"

Realpolitik realpolitik diplomacy based on practical objectives rather than ideals

Reich reich empire or realm

Rucksack rucksack backpack (_Ruck_ → _Rücken_ which means "back")

Sauerkraut sauerkraut shredded and salted cabbage fermented in its own juice

Schadenfreude schadenfreude taking pleasure in someone else's misfortune

Sprachraum sprachraum lit. "place/area/room of a language": area where a certain language is spoken

Über uber over, above

Übermensch übermensch superhuman, "overhuman"

verklemmt verklemmt (Amer.) lit. "jammed": inhibited, uptight

Waldsterben waldsterben lit. "forest dieback", dying floral environment

Wanderlust wanderlust desire, pleasure, or inclination to travel or walk

Weltanschauung weltanschauung lit. "perception of the world": ideology

Wunderkind wunderkind lit. "wonder child": child prodigy, whiz kid

Zeitgeist zeitgeist lit. "spirit of the times": the spirit of the age; the trend at that time

Zugzwang zugzwang chess term lit. "compulsion to move"

ORGANISATIONS

The use and learning of the German language are promoted by a number of organisations.

GOETHE-INSTITUT

Main article: Goethe-Institut Goethe-Institut logo

The government-backed Goethe-Institut (named after the famous German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ) aims to enhance the knowledge of German culture and language within Europe and the rest of the world. This is done by holding exhibitions and conferences with German-related themes, and providing training and guidance in the learning and use of the German language. For example, the Goethe-Institut teaches the Goethe-Zertifikat German language qualification.

VEREIN DEUTSCHE SPRACHE

The Dortmund-based Verein Deutsche Sprache (VDS), which was founded in 1997, supports the German language and is the largest language association of citizens in the world. The VDS has more than thirty-five thousand members in over seventy countries. Its founder, statistics professor Dr. Walter Krämer, has remained chairperson of the association from its beginnings.

DEUTSCHE WELLE

Main article: Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle logo

The German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle is the equivalent of the British BBC World Service and provides radio and television broadcasts in German and 30 other languages across the globe. Its German language services are tailored for German language learners by being spoken at slow speed. Deutsche Welle also provides an e-learning website to learn German.

SEE ALSO

* Deutsch (other) * German family name etymology * German toponymy * Germanism (linguistics) * List of German exonyms * List of German expressions in English * List of German words of French origin * List of non-English-language newspapers in New South Wales#German language newspapers * List of pseudo-German words adapted to English * List of terms used for Germans * Names for the German language

* Otto Basler

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Retrieved 18 July 2016. * ^ "Legislative Assembly of the state of Espírito Santo (Commissioner for Culture and Social Communication – Addition to the constitutional amendment number 11/2009 establishing the East Pomeranian dialect as well as German as cultural heritage of the state" (PDF). _Claudiovereza.files.wordpress.com_. February 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2016. * ^ http://titus.uni-frankfurt.de/didact/karten/germ/deutdin.htm * ^ http://www.lerncafe.de/aus-der-welt-1142/articles/pommern-in-brasilien.html * ^ Holm, John A. (1989). "Pidgins and Creoles: Volume 2, Reference Survey" (1st ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 616. ISBN 0521359406 . Retrieved 12 June 2016. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit. Datenerhebung 2015 – Worldwide survey of people learning German; conducted by the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Goethe Institute" (PDF). _Goethe.de_. Retrieved 18 July 2016. * ^ Знание иностранных языков в России (IN RUSSIAN). LEVADA CENTRE. 16 SEPTEMBER 2008. RETRIEVED 10 MAY 2015. * ^ "Foreign Language Enrollments in K–12 Public Schools" (PDF). American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). February 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2015. * ^ von Polenz, Peter (1999). "6.5. Inter- und übernationale Beziehungen". _Deutsche Sprachgeschichte vom Spätmittelalter bis zur Gegenwart_. de Gruyter Studienbuch (in German). Band III: 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin; New York: de Gruyter. pp. 192–194, 196. ISBN 3-11-016426-4 . Retrieved 21 August 2014. * ^ Ulrich Ammon, Hans Bickel, Jakob Ebner, et al.: _Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen. Die Standardsprache in Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland sowie in Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Ostbelgien und Südtirol_. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 2004. * ^ "Sprachen, Religionen – Daten, Indikatoren: Sprachen – Üblicherweise zu Hause gesprochene Sprachen" (official site) (in German, French, and Italian). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 2015. 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* ^ Facsimile of Bormann\'s Memorandum (in German) The memorandum itself is typed in Antiqua, but the NSDAP letterhead is printed in Fraktur. "For general attention, on behalf of the Führer, I make the following announcement: It is wrong to regard or to describe the so-called Gothic script as a German script. In reality, the so-called Gothic script consists of Schwabach Jew letters. Just as they later took control of the newspapers, upon the introduction of printing the Jews residing in Germany took control of the printing presses and thus in Germany the Schwabach Jew letters were forcefully introduced. Today the Führer, talking with Herr Reichsleiter Amann and Herr Book Publisher Adolf Müller, has decided that in the future the Antiqua script is to be described as normal script. All printed materials are to be gradually converted to this normal script. As soon as is feasible in terms of textbooks, only the normal script will be taught in village and state schools. The use of the Schwabach Jew letters by officials will in future cease; appointment certifications for functionaries, street signs, and so forth will in future be produced only in normal script. On behalf of the Führer, Herr Reichsleiter Amann will in future convert those newspapers and periodicals that already have foreign distribution, or whose foreign distribution is desired, to normal script". * ^ Kapr, Albert (1993). _Fraktur: Form und Geschichte der gebrochenen Schriften_. Mainz: H. Schmidt. p. 81. ISBN 3-87439-260-0 .

* ^ "Mittelschulvorbereitung Deutsch". Mittelschulvorbereitung.ch. Retrieved 15 March 2010. * ^ For a history of the German consonants see Fausto Cercignani , _The Consonants of German: Synchrony and Diachrony_, Milano, Cisalpino, 1979. * ^ "Learning German, Experiencing Culture – Goethe-Institut". Goethe.de. Retrieved 24 January 2012. * ^ "Verein Deutsche Sprache e.V.". _Vds-ev.de_. Retrieved 18 July 2016. * ^ "Who we are". DW.DE. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

NOTES

* ^ The status of Low German as a German variety or separate language is subject to discussion. * ^ The status of Luxembourgish as a German variety or separate language is subject to discussion. * ^ The status of Plautdietsch as a German variety or separate language is subject to discussion.

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