Luxembourgish is a Germanic lect spoken in Luxembourg.
It is called Lëtzebuergesch by its speakers, Luxemburgisch in standard New High German, and Luxemburgs in Limburgish and Dutch.
Wiktionary considers it a distinct lect and assigns it the code "lb"; Luxembourgish words use the L2 header ==Luxembourgish== and are placed in subcategories of Category:Luxembourgish language.
Classification and status
Linguists disagree on whether Luxembourgish is a language or a dialect, and on where it fits into the family tree of West Germanic languages.
Some think it is derived from Frankish, others consider it to be Moselle Franconian; some think Moselle Franconian is derived from Frankish, others consider Moselle Franconian to be West Central High German.
- ^ Gerald Stell, Luxembourgish Standardization: "there are still views according to which Luxembourgish cannot be described otherwise than in a relationship of subordination to NHG. […] The difficulty of a practical differentiation between Luxembourgish and NHG on diasystemic grounds (J. P. Hoffmann 2003: 267), add[s] to the opinion 'that it is impossible to prove on scientific grounds that Luxembourgish is not German' […] "
- ^ Luxembourgish phraseology (in Phraseologie / Phraseology, second (half-)volume, ISBN 978-3-11-019076-2, page 654) provides a short primer
- e.g. Robert Bruch
- ^ e.g. Bradley Allan Holtman