Limburgish

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Limburg +‎ -ish

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  • Hyphenation: Lim‧bur‧gish

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Limburgish

  1. A Germanic language or dialect continuum spoken near the common border between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

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  • In the Netherlands, Limburgish has been recognised as a regional or minority language. However, this has been criticised by linguists of e.g. the Dutch Language Union because Limburgish is considered a part of Low Franconian. The closely related dialects in Germany (e.g. around Mönchengladbach) are often called (German) Limburgish in the Netherlands, while in Germany they are referred to as Südniederfränkisch (Southern Low Franconian).
  • The south-eastern borders of Limburgish are fairly well defined by the limits of the High German consonant shift (maken-machen line); though note that this definition excludes the Central Franconian dialects of Kerkrade and Vaals. The north-western borders, however, are variously defined by different isoglosses (ik-ich line; tonality; [oː] for Germanic ; [uː] for ; High German-like split of *au; and others).

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