I'm reading "Der Bernsteinring" by Andrea Schacht, and there's already been at least one Kölsch phrase ("ene jode Frönd" - took a little bit of research), but I'm not sure about this one. That is to say, I can figure out the meaning (based on the context) - "The foot belongs to old Joos". Is this about right? Except as far as I've been able to find, "old"/"alt" is "ahl". Is by any chance variation possible because Kölsch isn't standardized? In short, what's up with this phrase?

  • "Dem alten Joo(Joos?) sein Fuß" one would say in Hochdeutsch I assume. Which means "Der Fuß des alten Joo (Joos)". – Medi1Saif May 31 '16 at 13:26
  • Oh, yes, it's "Joos", not "Joo". Got confused for some reason. Also with "sein" for "sing" the phrase makes much more sense (than with my original idea that it's "ist"). – khantazm May 31 '16 at 13:37
  • Please note I'm not familiar with "Kölsch" therefore I assume this is the meaning! – Medi1Saif May 31 '16 at 13:39
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    I'd translate this to "Des alten Jooses Fuss". – alk May 31 '16 at 17:47
  • In Kölsch "ein/e" commonly becomes "ing", like in "Ming Sching sing fot " :-) – alk May 31 '16 at 17:54
Des alten Joos' Fuß

ist die richtige Übersetzung.

Is by any chance variation possible because Kölsch isn't standardized?

Ja, Kölsch ist, wie andere Dialekte, schlicht keine Schriftsprache. Wenn es in Ausnahmefällen doch schriftlich fixiert wird, schreibt jeder, wie er will, natürlich in einer Form, die zur Aussprache passt.

  • Ist das Apostroph da am Ende von "Joss" korrekt? Ich dachte die Dinger gibt's im Schriftdeutschen nicht? ;) Ich sag ja auch nicht: "Des Haus' Dach." Oder? – alk Jun 2 '16 at 18:12
  • @alk: Du meinst, Apostrophe gibt es nicht im Schriftdeutschen, sondern nur mündlich? Oder gestisch (Schreinemakers)? – user unknown Jun 3 '16 at 7:20
  • Ja, ich hab mal gelernt, dass es die nur in der wörtlichen Rede gibt. Wie ich "sagte" "Die gib's im Schriftdeutschen nich'." ;-) – alk Jun 3 '16 at 17:34

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