|Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse|
Rhenish Franconian among the Franconian languages.
Palatine German & Lorraine Franconian
Rhenish Franconian or Rhine Franconian (German: Rheinfränkisch (help·info)) is a dialect chain of West Central German. It comprises the varieties of German spoken across the western regions of the states of Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, northwest Baden-Wurttemberg, and Hesse in Germany. It is also spoken in northeast France, in the eastern part of the département of Moselle in the Lorraine region, and in the north-west part of Bas-Rhin in Alsace. To the north, it is bounded by the Sankt Goar line (or das-dat line) which separates it from Moselle Franconian; to the south, it is bounded by the Main line which is also referred to as the Speyer line which separates it from the Upper German dialects.