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This map shows the regions of the world where Low German is commonly spoken (red circle). Low German refers to any German dialect except the standard or "High German" understood throughout the entire region of Germany. Modern scholars discern in early periods a number of Low German tongues, including Old Saxon, Old Low Franconian, Old Frisian, and the language of the pre-insular Angles and Jutes. Low German dialects descended from Middle Low German and Old Low German counterparts, which in turn came from the West Germanic sub-branch of the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages. Modern Low German is most closely related to High German, Frisian and the Anglo-Saxon ancestor of Modern English.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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