Thread: Literary Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:21 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Billi View Post
(...) What Johann is speaking is "plattdeutsch", a dialect typical for northern Germany. It is "very" dialect - there are many words in plattdeutsch that have only a small resemblence to their German counterparts (maybe deserblues understands it quite well). I guess it should demonstrate how "local" he is whereas his usage of French should demonstrate how "worldly" he is at the same time.
Hmm, would that resemble SchwyzerdŁtsch, Scweizerdeutsch ( Swiss German)? I know when I worked in Switzerland that my German colleagues had serious problems understanding this variation ( don't let the Swiss hear this) of the German language.
Or would it resemble the dialect of the north of the Netherlands? I lived there as a child.

Anyway, I'll be reading, if I can get to it this month, the free German version.

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