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South Franconian (German: Südfränkisch) is a High Franconian dialect which is spoken in the northernmost part of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, around Karlsruhe, Mosbach and Heilbronn. Like closely related East Franconian it is a transitional dialect, which unites elements of Central German and Upper German.

South Franconian
Südfränkisch
Native toGermany (Baden-Württemberg)
Latin (German alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottologsout3297  Southwest Lower East Franconian[1]
wurz1234  Würzburger Franconian[2]
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Upper German languages
  2: South Franconian

The language area is located in the transient zone between Rhine Franconian dialects (Hessian and Palatinate German) in the north and Alemannic German (Low Alemannic and Swabian German) in the south. South Franconian is one of the High German dialects with the lowest number of speakers. South Franconian is not considered a separate dialect by some observers. The scope of South Franconian is disputed.


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