Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Apparently it's Bayerisch. The online poll also puts Nieder-Plattdeutsch (Low German) in first place with Bayerisch, and personally that's also my favourite simply because it resembles English and Dutch so much and in an alternate history it would have been nice to see that as Germany's official language in order to create a more unified Germanic language continuum. Wikipedia has a nice illustration of some vocabulary in these languages, and you can see that German often stands out on its own.
|Proto-Germanic||High German||Low German||Dutch||English||German||Frisian|
|k||ch||maken, moaken, maaken||maken||make||machen||meitsje|
|k||kch||Karl, Korl||Karel||Carl, Ceorl, Churl||Karl||Kirl, Tsjirl|
|t||z (/ts/)||teihn, tian||tien||ten||zehn||tsien|
|t||tz, z (/ts/)||sitten||zitten||sit||sitzen||sitte|
|p||f, ff||Schipp, Schepp||schip||ship, skiff||Schiff||skip|
|β||b||Wief, Wiewer||wijf, wijven *||wife, wives||Weib, Weiber *||wyf, wyven|
I would translate some of the article but really it's a subject that only those that already know a fair amount of German would be interested in.