High German

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Calque of German Hochdeutsch.

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High German

  1. Any of a group of West Germanic languages or dialects spoken in High Germany which is divided into the Central German group (including Luxembourgish and Pennsylvania German) and the Upper German group (including Alemannic and Bavarian).
  2. The standard variety of German spoken and written throughout the German language area; linguistically a compromise form of Central German and Upper German (with, additionally, a strong Low German adstratum).

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The use of High German to refer to standard German is avoided in scholarly discourse but may be found otherwise (mirroring the German use of Hochdeutsch).


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