High German

High German (uncountable)

  1. Any of a group of West Germanic languages or dialects spoken in High Germany which is divided into the Central German group (including Luxembourgish and Pennsylvania German) and the Upper German group (including Alemannic and Bavarian).
  2. The standard variety of German spoken and written throughout the German language area; linguistically a compromise form of Central German and Upper German (with, additionally, a strong Low German adstratum).
    Synonyms: Standard High German, SHG
    • 1989, Alfred Wyler, Dialect and High German in German-speaking Switzerland, p. 15:
      There is a widespread reluctance to speak High German in German-speaking Switzerland, and many Swiss prefer to speak even bad French or English to people who do not speak Swiss dialect.
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