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See also: dialekt
- In German linguistics, the word Dialekt in a German context refers to the traditional regional dialects developed natively from mediaeval stages of German, namely Old High German, Old Low Franconian, and Old Saxon. The Dialekte are now gradually coming out of use in most areas and have effectively died out in some (certain parts of northern Germany and, for obvious reasons, the former Ostgebiete).
- Varieties of standard German or modern colloquial German are not described as Dialekte. Moreover, the word is not commonly used for non-regional varieties of language such as Soziolekte (“sociolects”). This is often in contrast to the terminology of Anglophone linguistics.
declension of Dialekt
- Dialekt in Duden online