High German

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Proper noun[edit]

High German

  1. Any of a group of West Germanic languages or dialects spoken in High Germany—Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany—which is divided into the Central German group (including standard German, Luxembourgish, and Pennsylvania German) and the Upper German group (including Alemannic and Bavarian).
  2. The standard variety of the German language spoken and written in Germany, Austria, and part of Switzerland, where it is also an official language.

Usage notes[edit]

The use of High German to refer to standard German is avoided in scholarly discourse but common colloquially.



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