RE: [Cz-L] German Pronunciation

From: cornel fleming <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:53:34 -0000
To: "'Benjamin Grilj'" <>, "'Ellen Greenspan'" <>, <>
Reply-To: "cornel fleming" <>

And apart from the Swiss German there is Schwitzerddootch(which is wrong
spelling but correct sounding)which not even all the Swiss understand!! I
must say that to me it sounds like a very mangled version of bad Yiddish!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Benjamin
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:32 PM
To: Ellen Greenspan;
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] German Pronunciation

Dear Ellen,

this questions are not that easy to answer.

"High-German" (Hochdeutsch) is the name for the official literary language -
but itīs not just one, there are (minima) three of them: German German,
Austrian German and Swiss German. They all belong to the same group, are
pretty much the same, but differentiate in some small points (in grammar,
but most auf all in lexik).

All of these three "High-Germans" are subdivided into several dialects and
regiolects. Each of them with an own pronunciation, just spoken and in the
border regions a broader lexik, mostly extended with loanwords from the
surrounding languages. In case of bukowinian austrian german it is a quite
clear dialect, with many loanwords out of yiddish, romanian and ukrainian.

The word "Ich" was pronounced like in all other "High-German" languages:

Best regards

Dr. Benjamin M. Grilj

Am 13.01.2014 um 18:30 schrieb Ellen Greenspan

> I have started to teach myself German. I remember my mother said this was
her first language until Kindergarten. She said my Grand mother (from
Czernowitz) spoke High German and pretended she could not understand
Yiddish. I am having so much fun finding origins of words I am familiar with
like "Laks" (salmon), which is spelled Lox here. My questions are, what is
High German, was that the dialect of German that was taught in Czernowitz,
and how was the word "ich" pronounced? ---Danke, Ellen
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