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23 Facts About Low German
Low German evolved from Old Saxon, which is most closely related to Old Frisian and Old English .
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Dialects of Low German are spoken in the northeastern area of the Netherlands and are written there with an unstandardized orthography based on Standard Dutch orthography.
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Language grouping of Low German is referred to, in the language itself as well as in its umbrella languages of German and Dutch, in several different ways, ranging from official names such as Niederdeutsche and Nederduits to more general characterisations such as "dialect".
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Low German is a part of the continental West Germanic dialect continuum.
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Low German varieties have a common verbal plural ending, whereas Low Franconian varieties have a different form for the second person plural.
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Saterland Frisian is the only remnant of East Frisian language and is surrounded by Low German, as are the few remaining North Frisian varieties, and the Low German dialects of those regions have influences from Frisian substrates.
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Question of whether today's Low German should be considered a separate language or a dialect of German or even Dutch has been a point of contention.
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In contrast, Old Saxon and Middle Low German are generally considered separate languages in their own rights.
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Old Saxon, known as Old Low German, is a West Germanic language.
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Middle Low German language is an ancestor of modern Low German.
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On one hand, proponents of Low German advocated that since it had a strong cultural and historical value and was the native language of students in northern Germany, it had a place in the classroom.
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Groth's publications demonstrated that Low German was a valuable language in its own right, and he was able to convince others that Low German was suitable for literary arts and was a national treasure worth keeping.
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Various Low German dialects are understood by 10 million people, but many fewer are native speakers.
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Forms of Low German's adjectives are distinct from other closely related languages such as German and English.
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In 2020, a group of Dutch and German Low German Wikipedians took Hahn's principles and used them to create the Nysassiske Skryvwyse, which is aimed to cover all dialects on both sides of the Dutch-German border.
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