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Nether-Saxon (For ordinar cryed Nedersaksisch in the Netherlands, Plattdüütsch, Nedderdüütsch or Neddersassisch in Germany an Plautdietsch by the Roushie Mennonite), is a name for the regional leid varieties o the Laich Germanic leids that's tae the maist pairt spak in the north o Germany, the sooth o Denmark an the east Netherlands. Forby thon there's immigrant communities in a wheen airts athort the warld, sich as Canadae.

The ISO 639-2 langage code for Nether-Saxon is nds syne Mey 2000.

Offeecial status[eedit | eedit soorce]

Syne 1999, Nether-Saxon haes been recogneesed by Germany as a regional leid gaun bi the European Chairter for Regional or Minority Langages.

Dialects[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Germany, North Nether-Saxon sers as a common intelligible langage on TV an Wireless programmes.

Classification an sib tongues[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nether-Saxon is pairt o the Wast Germanic dialect continuum.

Tae the Wast, it gaes ower intae the Laich Franconian langages that disteenguishes twa plural verbal endins, as agin the ae common verbal plural endin in Nether-Saxon.

Tae the Sooth, it gaes ower intae the Heich Germanic dialects o Middle German that's been affectit by the Heich German consonant shift. The diveesion is for ordinar merkit at the Benrath line that traces the maken – machen isogloss.

Tae the East, it is neeboured by the East Laich German language.

Tae the North an Northwast, it is neeboured by Dens an by Frisian. Merk that in Germany, Nether-Saxon haes replaced the Frisian in mony airts sae that the Saterland Frisian is hailie surroondit by Nether-Saxon.

Some clessifee the northren dialects o Nether-Saxon thegither wi Scots, English an Frisian as the North Sea Germanic or Ingvaeonic langages. Houaniver, maist excludes Nether-Saxon frae that group aften cried Anglo-Frisian langages.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Auld Saxon wis the forebeir o Nether-Saxon recorded frae aboot 800 tae 1100.

Middle Nether-Saxon wis the forebeir o Nether-Saxon recorded frae aboot 1100 tae 1500. It wis the lingua franca o the Hanseatic League, spak aw aboot the German Ocean an the Baltic Sea.

Fremmit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]