Swiss German

Swiss German (German: Schweizerdeutsch, Alemannic German: Schwyzerdütsch, Schwiizertüütsch, Schwizertitsch) refers to any of the Alemannic dialects spoken in Switzerland and in some Alpine communities in Northern Italy. Occasionally, the Alemannic dialects spoken in other countries are grouped together with Swiss German, as well, especially the dialects of Liechtenstein and Austrian Vorarlberg, which are closely associated to Switzerland's.

Linguistically, Swiss German forms no unity. The linguistic division of Alemannic is rather into Low, High and Highest Alemannic, varieties of all of which are spoken both inside and outside of Switzerland. The reason "Swiss German" dialects constitute a special group is their almost unrestricted use as a spoken language in practically all situations of daily life, whereas the use of the Alemannic dialects in the other countries is restricted or even endangered.

The dialects of Swiss German must not be confused with Swiss Standard German, the variety of Standard German used in Switzerland.

Read more about Swiss German:  Use, Variation and Distribution, History, Grammar, Vocabulary, Literature

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Swiss German - Literature
... mostly based on the local Alemannic varieties, thus similar to Middle High German, were only gradually replaced by the forms of New High German ... In the 16th century, the Alemannic forms of writing were considered the original, truly Swiss forms, whereas the New High German forms were perceived as foreign innovations ... language, but since 1527, the New High German forms were gradually adopted ...
P-27
... P-27 are a Swiss rap group from Basel, Switzerland ... They came out with the first rap track that featured rhymes in Swiss German, on the song "Murder by Dialect" (1991) featuring Black Tiger, featured ... Lyrics were partly in English, partly in Swiss German ...
Romansh Language - Language Structure - Vocabulary - German Loanwords
... Others were borrowed into Romansh during the Old High German period, such as glieud 'people' from OHG liut or surs ... bod 'soon, early, nearly' is likely derived from Middle High German bald, balde 'keen, fast' as are surs ... nüz 'use' from Middle High German nu(t)z, or losch 'proud' likely from Middle High German lôs ...
List Of Swiss Submissions For The Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film - Submissions
... The Swiss submission is decided annually by the Federal Office for Culture ... In 1994, the Swiss entered but were disqualified in a controversial ruling in which AMPAS determined that one of the favorites, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red, was not a majority Swiss production ... Xavier Koller and Swiss-based French director Jean-Luc Godard have each been selected to represent Switzerland three times ...
List Of Shibboleths - Non-English
... Chuchichäschtli in Swiss German, meaning "little kitchen cupboard" is nearly unpronounceable for outsiders because of the frequent /χ/ (note that ... Most Swiss would pronounce it /ˈxʊxɪxɛʃtli/ with velar fricatives ... "Es vergäid käi Tag im Jahr, wo der Fux am Schwanz nid het Haar" in Swiss German, meaning "There's not one day in a year, when the fox has no hair on his tail" ...

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