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Ist die Form »mein Gutster« akzeptabel im Hochdeutschen?

Ist die Form mein Gutster als liebevolle Anrede akzeptabel und korrekt auch in der hochdeutschen Sprache? Hier in Dresden habe ich das ziemlich oft so gehört.
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“Wie alt das(s) er ist”

Jemand fragte mich vor Kurzem: Und, haben Sie geschaut, wie alt das(s) er ist? Der Sprecher hat »Honoratiorenschwäbisch« gesprochen, ich kannte das allerdings von einer deutlich als solche ...
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Why is “Zeile” but not “Zeiger” differently pronounced in the south?

For both nouns there is a similar pronunciation of "-ei-" in standard German: Zeile: [ˈʦaɪ̯lə] Zeiger: [ˈʦaɪ̯ɡɐ] When people in some southern German regions try to speak non-dialect German the ...
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Finding resources for Schwäbisch?

I have been investigating Swabian German specifically for a while now for writing purposes, but I haven't been able to find many resources. I've familiarised myself with the rules of Kosenamen (adding ...
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How is the word “Deutsch” pronounced in different German dialects?

How is the word Deutsch pronounced in different German dialects/languages? What are the most deviant examples?
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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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Yiddish: “װאָס הערט זיך?” — “Vos hert zikh?” — What is the German origin?

What is the German origin of the Yiddish oh-so-common expression װאָס הערט זיך? Which means "How are you?" If you cannot read Hebrew, the Yiddish expression is pronounced more-or-less as Vos hert ...
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Marmelade = Eingemachts?

A recent question on this site motivates me to ask if our Yiddish "eingemachts" has currency in any German dialect or regional variant?
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Ist doch deide!

"Ist doch deide!", sagte Kali und klang ehrlich begeistert. (Theresa Hannig, Die Optimierer, 2017) I cannot find anywhere the word "deide" is it some dialect? What does "Ist ...
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Unterschied Zielsetzung/Zielstellung

Mein früherer Chef (geboren in Sachsen) sagte einmal zu mir, dass man daran, ob jemand den Begriff Zielstellung oder Zielsetzung verwendet, erkennt, ob die Person aus Ost- oder Westdeutschland stammt. ...
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undeclined adjectives in the neutral, the “schön Wetter” type construction

I'm looking for other examples of the schön Wetter type anomaly. The only ones that I know of are : alt Eisen grob Salz gut Bier They're taken from dialectal usage (Alsatian from Strasbourg) of ...
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'Blau machen' and other phrases for absenteeism

I was watching a video about various idioms that have 'machen' in them. This included the sentence 'Er macht blau', which would formally translate into English as something like 'To be absent from ...
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Etymologie des kölschen “Mer” (1. Person Plural)

Das Pronomen der ersten 1. Person Plural in der kölschen Mundart lautet "Mer", und in einigen angrenzenden Dialekten "Mir". Diese Pronomen können gedeutet werden als Variation des deutschen "wir". ...
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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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Dialects of Austria—Resources?

From a linguist’s perspective if possible — i.e., not popular media or informal descriptions; I’m looking for any online resources that can give me clear explanations of accent, vocabulary, and ...
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Bifurcation of the “ei” vowel in Yiddish: why?

In Yiddish, about half the "ei" words are pronounced the same as German (mein, sein, drei...) but the others shift to an "ey" sound (rhymes with "day"): éins, zwéi, kléin… We had a discussion here (...
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“verlieren” mit Dativ-Valenz

In einem Skatklub in Thüringen habe ich mehrmals den Satz Jetzt verlierstes dir. also in Schriftdeutsch Jetzt verlierst du es dir [das Spiel]. gehört. Der Satz drückt aus, dass der Spieler ...
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What does “spökerisch” mean?

If the gentleman with the Rheinisches Wörterbuch could help again... Spökerisch is from Heinrich Böll and thus quite possibly Rhenish again. It might mean potty or dim or eccentric from context. (...
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“Standardised Orthography” for Dialects

Although my title seems to contradict itself slightly, are there any instances in which a German dialect has a kind of “standardised” orthography? While living in Austria, I spoke a heavy Vorarlberg ...
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What could be the origin of this dialectical expression?

In South Brazil's Hunsrückischer dialect, there is a very known expression (even used by some portuguese speakers) which sounds approximately Das s mu schlimm (There is hardly any examples of written ...
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Is there some relative to Dutch word “kijken” in German?

Inspired by this question, I wonder if there is also some German relative (dialect or general) of Dutch word "kijken" for to watch or look at something. I think for example I saw or heard somewhere ...
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Welches Geschlecht hat “Zamperl”?

Für Nichtbayern, mit Zamperl bezeichnet man kleine Hunde. Es ist mir nur nicht gelungen herauszufinden, ob es "das Zamperl" oder "der Zamperl" heißt.
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Was ist eine “Lätsch” auf Hochdeutsch?

Im schwäbischen Dialekt gibt es für den im folgenden Bild gezeigten Gesichtsausdruck den Ausdruck "Lätsch" (hergeleitet von italienisch laccio, Schlinge). Typischerweise werden die Mundwinkel ...
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What is göddertrobbe?

Here is a Hessian rhyme, probably about drinking: trinke mer noch en schobbe von dem schöne göddertrobbe! Hoch de Humbe, Nachbar stumbe, kurz gewunge, Humbe Pumbe! I've had a stab at translating it: ...
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Hochdeutsch only or also regionalisms?

When making a sales call, for example, should you: only speak standard Hochdeutsch with the customer no matter what, use that customer's regional language or dialect if you know it to "get on their ...
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Meines wissens vs meinet wissens

In a recent discussion we talked about the phrase meines Wissens but I recalled a variant with a t: meinet Wissens. Is this a regionalism or what? If I google it the first dozen hits or so come up ...
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vowel length in Mutter and Vater

Mutter used to have a long u realized as a diphthong (MHG, OHG muoter). Vater had a short a, as evidenced in the Grimms' remark about Vater : "der stammvocal, im älteren deutsch stets kurz, wird nhd.,...
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“Pate” für “Patenkind”

Laut Duden kann Pate nicht nur für den Zeugen, sondern auch für das Patenkind stehen (Link). Mir (aufgewachsen an Orten, wo schwäbische und ostfränkische Dialekte gesprochen wurden) erscheint das ganz ...
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Was bedeutet “das was”? [closed]

Wenn die Kassiererin mich fragen möchte, ob ich noch etwas mehr einkaufen möchte, fragt sie schnell Das was? Was bedeutet das? Ist das mit Das war's? gleichbedeutend?
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What is “Hochdeutsch”? Which dialect should I learn?

If I want to learn the German language, which dialect should I learn? In other words, I would like to know about the dialect which is most common? (I have just arrived in Germany and living in ...
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Datenbank mit Mundart/Dialekt in Österreich

Gibt es hinsichtlich Dialekte und Mundart aus Österreich irgendwo eine zentrale Sammelstelle, ähnlich dem Duden?
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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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Suffixes “ung” and “ing”

I already asked a question about the alternation in germanic languages between the ing and ung forms of this suffix on the Linguistics Stack Exchange, but I didn't receive any satisfying answer and I ...
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Buchstabieren = to spell?

In another question Carsten mentioned that buchstabieren has a somewhat narrower meaning than to spell. I wonder if people would care to elaborate on this? Also, does German have the Yiddish variant ...
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What TV shows are available in Austrian dialects?

After three years of learning German, I have a reasonable understanding of, and ability to converse in, (Austrian) Standard German. But, living in Salzburg, I am still really struggling to understand ...
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Gibt es in manchen Dialekte lange Nasale als Phonem?

Diese Frage ist praktisch ein Follow-Up auf diese Frage. Ich kenne mich einigermaßen mit Phonetik und Phonologie aus, und kann ein bisschen Finnisch (wo es Langkonsonanten gibt). Mit diesem Background ...
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Varianten von “ein bisschen”

I remember in Nürnburg people sometimes answering "bisschen" like "ein bissel", oder "ein bissler". Was this Bavarian or Berlin dialect?
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Who replaces “Was für ein” by “Was ein”?

I'm a native German speaker from Austria, but cannot tell (or find online) which German dialect tends to replace, for example, Was für ein schönes Auto! with the shorter form Was ein schönes ...
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Is there a German dialect where “w” is pronounced as it is in US English?

When I hear Americans pronounce words and names of German origin, they almost always pronounce w as if it were in an American English word. This got me wondering: I’m sure most or almost all of these ...
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Should a non native try to adapt his German when traveling to Austria?

Say a person that have learnt standard German (Hochdeutsch) as a foreign language travels to Austria as a tourist. Should one try to speak with an Austrian Accent, using Austrian dialect words, when ...
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Dialekte verstehen

Ich habe es sehr schwer, Dialekte zu verstehen, auch wenn mein DaF-Niveau sehr hoch sein sollte, und habe eine Hypothese, dass wenn ich 3 bis 4 unterschiedliche Dialekte lerne, werde ich alle anderen ...
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Wie sagt man “abstellen” auf Schweizerdeutsch?

Ich stelle meinen Wagen vor dem Park ab. Ich möchte wissen, wie man "abstellen" in der Schweiz sagt.
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Is Low German dialect still used in Germany?

I’m curious to know whether Low German dialect is still used in Germany or not. If so, in which areas? Is it both either spoken and written or only as a colloquial spoken language?
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Is the Berlin dialect strongly influenced by French?

In a post on another SE site, it was claimed: As apposed to other countries (where only the aristocrats spoke French), in Prussia it was spoken by part of the population in everyday life. The Berlin ...
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Schoasch, Schosef und Schakop

Mein Großvater, geboren 1897 in Straßburg, hat Josef geheißen. Er war bekannt als de' Sepp oder de' Seppel. Dennoch hätte man Josef als Schosef ausgesprochen und nicht /jo:sɛf/. Einen alten Kollegen ...
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What does “Foama hoam!” mean?

I heard this expression from an Austrian commentator on a skiing video and couldn’t find anything on Google. It was used very excitedly! It can be heard at 1:13 min in this video.
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Was bedeutet „göbeln“?

Ich hörte gerade in einem Hörspiel (»Jonah, der Aufstieg« von Rebecca Gablé) Nirgendwo göbelt es sich so komfortabel wie an Bord deines Schiffes, aber ich wünschte der König hätte mich in den ...
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Suffixe “-her” und “-hin” in süddeutschen Dialekten

Seit dieser Frage denke ich über die Wortstellung der beiden Suffixe "-her" und "-hin" in einigen süddeutschen Dialekten nach und hätte dazu einige Fragen: Hochdeutsch: Woher ...
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Is it normal that the “ä” is pronounced this way in this word? (Swiss German)

I came across the Swiss German word Gitzitrichäli (I couldn't find the meaning of it anywhere). In my head I always the "ä" as a short vowel and thus thought of it as being either [ɛ] or [e]....
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„Gehören“ als Ersatz für „gebühren”

In einem Eintrag im Online-Wörterbuch dict.cc steht Folgendes, welches mich ziemlich überraschte: sb. is entitled to sth. [desirable] — jdm. gehört etw. [gebührt] [ [österr.] [südd.] [schweiz.] ...