Swiss German Dialects

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Language Registers and Types of Diglossia
... stable language situation in which, in addition to the primary dialects of the language (which may include a standard or regional standards), there is a very divergent, highly codified (often ... In phonology, for example, (L) dialects are as likely to have phonemes absent from the (H) as vice versa ... Some Swiss German dialects have three phonemes, /e/, /ɛ/ and /æ/, in the phonetic space where Standard German has only two phonemes, /ɛ(ː)/ (Berlin 'Berlin', Bären 'bears') and /eː/ (Beeren 'berries') ...
Swiss German - Pronunciation - Vowels
... Most Swiss German dialects have rounded front vowels, unlike other High German dialects ... Only in the Low Alemannic dialects of northwest Switzerland (mainly Basel) and in the Walliser dialects have the rounded front vowels been unrounded ... the rounding is being reintroduced under the influence of other Swiss German dialects ...

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