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comment Is there an equivalent prestige dialect of German in the same way Received Pronunciation is to English? If so, how did it come about?
A near parallel might be the exaggerated enunciation common in Hochdeutsch public speaking, which I think is called Bühnendeutsch; since it's a style that became popular with local mayors and not just the theater, and since it retains some presence in modern public speaking, you could argue that there is some association with authority, though maybe not prestige. The purpose probably has more to do with clarity than prestige, but considering the practitioners tend to be public figures, it's worth considering.
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