HIGH FRANCONIAN (German : Oberfränkische Dialekte) is a part of High
German consisting of East Franconian and South Franconian . Because
of fundamental differences in structure, it is factually not
It is part of the
Franconian languages area, spoken southeast of the
Rhine Franconian part.
It is spoken in
Würzburg and a small area in
France . It is disputed,
Germany belongs to its area. Surnames from the
area of High Franconian include Bauer , Hofmann , Merkel , Paulus ,
Schmidt and Schneider .
High Franconian is transitional between
Upper German and Central
German with similarity to Yiddish . It is sometimes considered part of
Central German , or part of neither Upper nor Central German.
* ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds.
(2017). "High Franconian".