Dialekte - Questions on varieties of a language in different regions.

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More Yiddish: “Es Lauft die Jauch, die Millech brennt…"

This couplet by Peretz (from "The Ballad of Monisch") describes how the Rabbi's wife has neglected to pay attention to her cooking on the stove: “Es Lauft die Jauch, die Millech brennt Un sie ...
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Change of meaning: are words whose meaning has been “verschlechtert” preserved in Yiddish?

In a recent discussion Grimm was quoted who describes Jauche as a word whose original meaning has been "verschlechtert". Interestingly, Yiddish preserves the original meaning, "broth". I know a few ...
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Was bedeutet “es beielet”?

Passend zur kalten Jahreszeit kommt mir wieder ein altes, schwäbisches Kinderlied in den Sinn, bei dem ich ein Wort nicht kenne: Schwäbische Version: Es schneielet, es beielet, Es goht an ...
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Warum sächselt Erich Honecker, obwohl er aus dem Saarland kommt?

In all the speeches and interviews I know, Erich Honecker is speaking with what seems to me a notably east German accent (Apologies if "Sächseln" isn't entirely correct. I don't know much about east ...
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Is “Säegermacher” the Yiddish word for “watchmaker”?

I wonder if the Yiddish word "Säegermacher" (Seegermacher?) has a German origin. It seems obvious that it must, but I can't see it.
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Schibboleths für verschiedene norddeutsche Regionen?

Schibboleths sind Wörter, anhand deren Aussprache man die Herkunft des Sprechers zuordnen kann. Ganz allgemeines Beispiel für Muttersprachler vs. Ausländer: "Streichholzschächtelchen". Für den ...
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Are “Xylofon” and “xenophob” really pronounced with /ks/?

Pronunciation dictionaries suggest that words beginning with "x", such as "Xylofon" and "xenophob", should be pronounced with /ks/. This sounds awkward every time I try. How common is it for ...
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Wörterbücher der Uni Trier – umgezogen oder eingestellt?

Unter der Adresse der Uni Trier gab es noch bis vor kurzem, und über viele Jahre, mehrere Wörterbücher – teils zu dieser Region, namentlich ein Rheinisches Wörterbuch und ein Pfälzerwörterbuch, ...
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What is the difference between “moin” and “moin moin”?

"Moin" and "moin moin" both are popular salutations in northern Germany - I'm interested in the differences between them. Some say "moin moin" is intended as an answer to "moin", others will label ...
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Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?

I realize this question sounds a bit subjective but in the English-speaking world I feel pretty confident that most people would agree on Glasgow and Northern Ireland area accents being the most in ...
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Wann wird Präteritum in Bayern verwendet?

Ich habe gehört, dass das Präteritum in Bayern sehr unüblich ist. Wann wird es da verwendet? Ich meine hier den Bairisch-beeinflussten deutschen Dialekt, der in Bayern gesprochen wird.
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Was bedeutet in der Schweiz “Sind Sie bedient”?

After dining in a Swiss restaurant in Bern I heard the waitresses asking Sind Sie bedient? Edit: Da es einige Konfusion gibt, möchte ich die Situation hier zunächst noch einmal ausführlich in ...
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What do we have to take care of when trying to learn grammar from spoken conversations?

In spoken conversations the grammar used is sometimes very different from the rules that we learn in textbooks or that apply to writing. This is even more so in regional dialects when sentences like ...
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What can “passt schon” mean?

I've heard the phrase "passt schon" used to mean: Never mind: „Ich denke... nee, passt schon.“ No problem: „Entschuldigung!“ „Passt schon.“ OK: „Wie geht's?“ „Passt schon.“ What can it mean in ...
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Does Swabian have English influences?

Many variations of the swabian dialect contain words and pronunciations that to me always subtly sounded like influenced by modern english. One of the more prominent examples is the pronunciation of ...