What Is North Frisian?

North Frisian is spoken on Germany’s most outlying island Helgoland and in the Northwest of Schleswig-Holstein, which is situated in the Northwest of Germany near the border with Denmark. There are many types of North Frisian (we will come to that later), but the main distinction between them is that some are insular and others are continental (we will talk more about that later as well). The continental types of North Frisian are spoken in the area of the West coast of Schleswig-Holstein, and the insular types of North Frisian are spoken on various islands off the coast of the mainland of Schleswig-Holstein. The North Frisian of the Halligen (many of these islands were once part of the mainland) is a special case because, although Halligen Frisian is spoken on several islands, it ought to be classified as continental, whilst it originates from the continent.

What Is North Frisian?

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2 comments

  1. Otto K. Forssell · August 9, 2021

    There is a Frisian language overlap with the North German dialect as well (Low German) “Plattdeutsch”.

    Nonetheless I agree the pure language itself is in danger of being lost.

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  2. vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · August 10, 2021

    Reblogged this on Vermont Folk Troth.

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