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A use of the Plautdietsch form of the Low German word for "Low German" (Plautdietsch), or a variant of Plattdüütsch influenced by Plautdietsch. A compound of plaut(t) (flat, intelligible) + Dietsch (German), from the fact that speakers live (or lived) in the lowland areas of northern Germany, and speak a language that is (to other Low German speakers) intelligible. Compare Plattdüütsch. See also Plattdeutsch, Plautdietsch.

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  1. Plautdietsch, Mennonite Low German

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This is the group of Low Prussian (Nadderpreißisch, Nedderpreuß'sch, Nedderprüßisch, Niederpreußisch) dialects of Low Saxon (Naddersassisch, Neddersass'sch, Niedersächsisch) / Low German (Nadderdietsch, Nedderdüütsch, Niederdeutsch, Plattdüütsch, Plattdeutsch) as spoken by (Chortitza/Old Colony and Molotschna/New Colony) Mennonites throughout the world. These Mennonites migrated from West Prussia to Russia (that is, southern Ukraine in the former Russian Empire) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They pronounce the word Plattdüütsch as Plauttdietsch (changing the monophthong "a" to the diphthong "au" and unrounding the long vowel "ü" to "ie"). Other Low Prussian speakers pronounce this word as "Plattdietsch".

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  1. Alternative form of Plautdietsch