On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 12:55:20 +0100, David Rossel <cdamvvwgs(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
Please, don't think about one wikipedia for all
swiss-german dialects. That
would be the same thing like the Alemannic wikipedia: An uncommon mixture of
native dialects. Surely all Baseldytsch speakers understand the Züritüütsch
(zurich-german) speakers and vice versa.
And please tell me: Why is there already a Plattdüütsch wikipedia? And a
Lëtzebuergesch wikipedia? They also seem to be dialects (although
Lëtzebuergesch is official in Luxemburg). So, why shouldn't there be other
dialect wikipedias? In Swabian, in Bernese German, in Saxony-German?
Apart from these both having official status as a language, it is
definitely the case that at least nds: weakens your case more than it
strengthens it. It is not the dialect of one single city or small
region, but a combination of all dialects in a large region - in the
case of Lower Saxon, according to ethnologue Germany 'below [i.e.
north of] the line Aachen-Wittenberg', plus parts of the east and the
northeast of the Netherlands.