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Because northern Germany (Low Germany), where it is spoken, is lower in elevation than southern Germany.
- A West Germanic language spoken in Low (i.e. Northern) Germany and north-eastern parts of the Netherlands, and formerly also in large parts of eastern and north-eastern Europe, which developed out of Middle Low German from Old Saxon; often treated as a dialect group of German (or Dutch) for convenience, but widely recognized as a separate language.
- (linguistics) Any of a number of West Germanic languages, primarily spoken in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, that did not undergo the High German consonant shift; the group thereof.
- (nonstandard) Any German dialect that is not the official standard, although they are usually only referred to as "Platt".
- (West Germanic language, descended from Old Saxon): Plattdeutsch, Low Saxon; Dutch Low Saxon (variety in the Netherlands), New Low Saxon, New Saxon (as opposed to Middle Saxon and Old Saxon); Mennonite Low German, Plautdietsch (variety spoken in America, etc)
- (West Germanic languages that are not High German): High German (includes numerous Upper German and Middle German/Central German dialects from which standard High German mainly developed)
- East Low German (German Low German: Oostnedderdüütsch, German: Ostniederdeutsch)
- West Low German (German Low German: Westnedderdüütsch, German: Westniederdeutsch)
West Germanic language
- Ethnologue entry for Modern Low German, nds
- Ethnologue entry for Middle Low German, gml
- Ethnologue entry for Old Low German, osx
- Wikiwöörbook: Low German Wiktionary, for all Low Saxon dialects (and Plautdietsch)
- Plattmakers: Low German dictionary with both English and German translations