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If “Plattdüütsch” is a completely different language than “Hochdeutsch” (standard German), then why is it called “German”?

“Plattdeutsch” is closer to Dutch language dialects than to “Hochdeutsch”. Then why is it called “German”? Here’s an example of “Plattdeutsch” on Youtube.
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German in Bach's Cantatas

My German is very rudimentary (A1) and I have no regular exposure to the language except what I get listening to Bach. Recently, I have been very interested in Bach's cantatas. It uses text from the ...
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Is it more common to write longer sentences in german than in english?

From my very personal view it looks like especially in scientific related texts Germans use in average longer sentences than in english literature. This could be wrong perception, as a lot of non ...
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Which languages are “nnl.”, “altn.” and “schw.”?

What do the abbreviations "nnl.", "altn." and "schw." mean in the context of etymology? Other abbreviations in the same paragraph were "mhd." (mittelhochdeutsch) and "ags." (angelsächsisch). My guess ...