Wiktionary:About Luxembourgish

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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[edit]

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 consider it a dialect of West Central High German, others see it as a separate language at the end of the West Central High German dialect continuum.[1][2]

Some think it is derived from Frankish[3], others consider it to be Moselle Franconian; some think Moselle Franconian is derived from Frankish[3], others consider Moselle Franconian to be West Central High German.[4]


The entries Baarmhäerzegkeet and fladderen show how Luxembourgish entries may be formatted.


  1. ^ 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' [] "
  2. ^ Luxembourgish phraseology (in Phraseologie / Phraseology, second (half-)volume, ISBN 978-3-11-019076-2, page 654) provides a short primer
  3. 3.0 3.1 e.g. Robert Bruch
  4. ^ e.g. Bradley Allan Holtman