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Old 10-22-2019, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by KneadToKnow View Post
See if this article from Britannica is more enlightening.

Long story short, High and Low in this context refer to altitude. High German originated as a dialect of the mountain folk, Low German originated near the coast. You could very loosely think of it as the difference between British English and Scottish English, with the reversal being that in Germany, the mountain folk "won out" by having their dialect become the "standard" dialect. If you take German as a foreign language, you'll be studying High German mostly.
I heard that the Lutheran Bible was highly influential in standardizing the (High) German language. There are many German dialects; "standard" German today (sans funny accent, etc) is similar to what is spoken in Hannover.

Due to consonant shifts and such, "High" and "Low" German sound rather different.