High Franconian German

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High Franconian (German: Oberfränkisch) is a part of High German consisting of East Franconian and South Franconian.[1] It is part of the Franconian languages area, spoken southeast of the Rhine Franconian area. It is spoken in Germany around Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, Erlangen, Fürth, Bamberg, Heilbronn, Meiningen and Würzburg and a small area in France. It is disputed whether it makes sense to summarise East and South Franconian because both are different.

High Franconian
Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Thuringia, Saxony
Linguistic classificationIndo-European
Glottologuppe1464  (equivalent to East Franconian)
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Upper German dialects after 1945, with High Franconian in red and purple

High Franconian is transitional between Upper German and Central German but usually regarded as Upper German with similarity to Yiddish.


  1. ^ Noble, Cecil A. M. (1983). Modern German dialects New York [u.a.], Lang, p. 119.

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