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Low Saxon language

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Language classification
Indo-European languages
Germanic languages
West Germanic languages
Low German languages
Low Saxon language

Low Saxon (in Low Saxon, Nedersaksisch, Neddersassisch, ) is any of a variety of Low German ("Nedderdüütsch" in Low Saxon) dialects spoken in northern Germany and the Netherlands. In Germany it is considered, together with East Low German as part of a language called Plattdüütsch.

Since 1994 Low Saxon has been recognised by the European Union as an independent regional language. Since 1999 Low Saxon is under protection of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The ISO 639-2 language code for Plattdüütsch is nds since May 2000. The Northern Low Saxon language serves as a common intelligible language in TV and Wireless programmes.

Although often considered a variation of German, in many aspects it is more like Dutch, which is based on closely related Low Franconian dialects. Low Saxon, East Low German and Low Franconian are classified together as Low German. The distinction between Low Saxon, East Low German and Low Franconian (on one side) or High German (on the other side) is not precisely defined; there are several clines that vary smoothly from one dialect to another.

The Low Saxon language has commonality with the English language, the Scandinavian languages and Frisian in that it has not been influenced by the High German sound shift. Therefore a lot of Low Saxon words sound similar to their English counterparts.

For instance: water [wQt3, wat3, wæt3], later [lQ.t3, la.t3, læ.t3], bit [bIt], dish [dis, diS], ship [SIp, skIp, sxIp], pull [pUl], good [gout, GAut, Gu.t], clock [klOk], sail [sAil], he [hEi, hAi, hi(j)], storm [sto:rm].

The grammar also shows similarities to the English language. Low Saxon declination has only three cases. In the northern dialects the participle is formed without the prefix ge-, like the Scandinavian languages and English, but unlike Dutch and German. The syntax on the other hand is more like German syntax, though there are some differences.

It should be noted that e- is used instead of ge- in most Southern (below Groningen in the Netherlands + Westphalia) dialects, though often not when the participle ends with -en or in a few often used words like 'west' (been).

Low Saxon was once much more widespread than today, being used as a lingua franca throughout the Baltic Sea region, under the influence of the Hanseatic League. It served as a standard language in many regions of northern Germany until it was replaced for that purpose by Standard German (a High German dialect) during the unification of Germany under Otto von Bismarck in 1871.

The Low Saxon greeting formula Moin and its duplication MoinMoin gave the name for the WikiWiki MoinMoin Project http://moin.sourceforge.net/

There are plans to create a computer vocabulary for lower German in order to translate Desktop environments such as KDE and GNOME. [1] (http://platt.gnome-de.org/index.php)

Contents

List of dialects

Note that divisions between subfamilies of Germanic are rarely precisely defined; most form continuous clines, with adjacent dialects being mutually intelligible and more distantly separated ones being less so. However, most Low Saxon dialects are thought to be descended from, or to have been strongly influenced by, Old Saxon.


Dialects of Lower German in northern Germany:



Dialects in the north eastern Netherlands:



This list is not complete.

See also: Common phrases in different languages.

The Lord's Prayer in Northern Low Saxon (German based spelling)

Unse Vadder in d'n Himmel!
Laat hilligt waren dienen Namen.
Laat kamen dien Riek.
Laat waren dienen Willen so as in d'n Himmel,
so ook op de Eerd.
Uns' dääglich Brood giv uns vundaag.
Un vergiv uns unse Schuld,
as Wi de vergeven hebt,
de an uns schüllig sünd.
Un laat uns nich versöcht waren.
Maak uns vrie vun dat Böse.
Denn dien is dat Riek un de Kraft un de Herrlichkeit in Ewigkeit.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer in Veluws (Dutch) Low Saxon: AS spelling

Unse Vort dy in de hemel is
Uyw naam woerdt eheyligd.
Uyw koeninkryk kumt.
Uyw wül geschyd up eerde,
soas in de hemel.
Gev uns uns daagliks brood.
en vergev uns unse schülden,
soas ok wy unse schüldenaren vergeven;
En leyd uns ny in versöyking.
Mer verlos uns van et böse.
Want van Uy is et koeninkryk,
de kracht en de heerlikheyd,
tot in de eeuwigheyd.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer in Old Saxon (Heliand, 9. century D.C.)

Fadar ûsa firiho barno,
thu bist an them hôhon himila rîkea,
geuuîhid sî thîn namo uuordo gehuuilico.
Cuma thîn craftag rîki.
Uuerða thîn uuilleo obar thesa uuerold alla,
sô sama an erðo, sô thar uppa ist
an them hôhon himilo rîkea.
Gef ûs dago gehuuilikes râd, drohtin the gôdo,
thîna hêlaga helpa, endi alât ûs, hebenes uuard,
managoro mênsculdio, al sô uue ôðrum mannum dôan.
Ne lât ûs farlêdean lêða uuihti
sô forð an iro uuilleon, sô uui uuirðige sind,
ac help ûs uuiðar allun ubilon dâdiun.

Resources

Template:InterWiki There is a lot of information about the Low Saxon language to be found online. A selection of these links can be found on this page, which will provide a good frame work to understand the history, current situation and features of the language.

Information:

Organizations:

If your organisation isn't listed here, feel free to add it.

Writers:

  • Gertrud Everding (http://www.literadies.de/) (Northern Low Saxon - Hamburg, Germany)
  • Marlou Lessing (http://www.numanto.de/) (Northern Low Saxon - Hamburg, Germany)
  • Clara Kramer-Freudenthal (http://www.sassisch.net/rhahn/kramer/) (Northern Low Saxon - Norderstedt, Germany)
  • Johan Veenstra (http://www.johan-veenstra.nl/) (Stellingwarfs - Friesland, the Netherlands)

Musicians:

  • Skik (http://www.skik.nl/) (Drents/Dutch - Drenthe, the Netherlands)
  • Jan Cornelius (http://www.jan-cornelius.de/) (East Frisian - Ostfriesland, Germany)
  • Törf (http://www.torf.nl/) (Gronings - Groningen, the Netherlands)
  • Eltje Doddema (http://www.eltjedoddema.nl/) (Veenkoloniaals - Groningen, the Netherlands)

Not organized links:

de:Niedersächsische Sprache eo:Platgermana lingvo nl:Nedersaksisch nds:Neddersassisch pl:Język dolnosaksoński sv:Plattyska

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