Moselle Franconian language

Moselle Franconian (German: Moselfränkisch, Luxembourgish: Muselfränkesch) is a West Central German language, part of the Central Franconian languages area, that includes Luxembourgish. It is spoken in the southern Rhineland and along the course of the Moselle, in the Siegerland of North Rhine-Westphalia, throughout western Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Luxembourg, the south of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and in the neighboring French département of Moselle (in Arrondissement of Boulay-Moselle). The Transylvanian Saxon dialect spoken in the Transylvania region of Romania is derived from this dialect as a result of the emigration of numerous "Transylvanian Saxons" between 1100 and 1300, primarily from areas in which the Moselle Franconian dialect was then spoken. Another variety of Moselle Franconian, the Hunsrik, is spoken in some rural areas of southern Brazil, brought by 19th century immigrants from the Hunsrück region in modern Germany.[1][2]

Moselle Franconian
Native toGermany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Romania, Brazil
RegionNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Lorraine, Liège
Standard forms
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
 Belgium (recognised by the French Community of Belgium),  Brazil (recognised as Cultural Heritage in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul)
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)
Individual code:
ltz  Luxembourgish
Area where Moselle Franconian / Luxembourgish is spoken with the isogloss between usage of "op" and "of" (Standard German: auf) shown
Central German language area after 1945 and the expulsions of the Germans. Moselle Franconian is shown in yellow (Germany) and blue (Luxembourg)

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