Rhine Franconian Dialects
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Rhine Franconian Dialects
Rhenish Franconian
Rhine Franconian
Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse
Linguistic classificationIndo-European
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Rhenish Franconian among the Franconian languages.
  Palatine German & Lorraine Franconian
Area where Rhine Franconian is spoken. 1 Hessian, 2 Palatinate German 3 Lorraine Franconian

Rhenish Franconian or Rhine Franconian (German: About this soundRheinfränkisch ) 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.


See also

Saarland (section Local dialect), Moselle Franconian (adjacent language area), Palatine German


  • Hughes, Stephanie. 2005. Bilingualism in North-East France with specific reference to Rhenish Franconian spoken by Moselle Cross-border (or frontier) workers. In Preisler, Bent, et al., eds. The Consequences of Mobility: Linguistic and Sociocultural Contact Zones. Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde Universitetscenter: Institut for Sprog og Kultur. ISBN 87-7349-651-0.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Rhenish Franconian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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