Dachsprache

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compound of Dach (roof) +‎ Sprache (language, speech).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /daxˈʃpʀaːχə/

Noun[edit]

Dachsprache f (genitive Dachsprache, plural Dachsprachen)

  1. (countable, linguistics) a dachsprache; an umbrella language, a language form that serves as a standard language in a country above other dialects (especially in France, Germany and Italy where one can find very distinct dialects and variations of the language in question).
    Der italienische Dialekt aus Florenz wurde als Amtsprache in Italien eingeführt und diente als Dachsprache. — The Italian dialect of Florence eventually became the standard language of Italy to serve as an umbrella language.

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