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Eastphalian
Native toGermany
RegionLower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)
Glottologeast2290
Eastphalian (No.7) within the Low German (yellow/cream/brown) and Low Franconian (red/orange/pink) dialect area after 1945

Eastphalian, or Eastfalian (German: Ostfälisch), is a dialect of West Low German,[1] spoken in southeastern parts of Lower Saxony and western parts of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.

Geographical extent

The language area between the Weser and Elbe rivers stretches from the Lüneburg Heath in the north to the Harz mountain range and Weser Uplands in the south. It comprises Hanover Region, Brunswick and Calenberg Land as well as the Magdeburg Börde, including the cities of Hanover, Braunschweig, Hildesheim, Göttingen and Magdeburg. It roughly corresponds with the historic region of Eastphalia.

Classification

Eastphalian as a separate dialect was determined by 19th century linguistics, tracing it back to Old Saxon variants spoken in eastern parts of the medieval stem duchy of Saxony. Towards the Elbe region in the southeast, the language area is increasingly influenced by the High German consonant shift.

Subdivisions

References

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forke, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2020). "Eastphalian". Glottolog 4.3.