I knew in the earlier days, looking at me with a mischievous twinkle in his eye and saying to me in Plattdeutsch
, "boy, just stay with the truth.
When it appeared shortly before Melanchthon's death in 1560, in Latin and German (a Plattdeutsch
translation appeared soon thereafter), it contained indices, unlike other Corpora doctrinae published in the following sixteen years.
To each and every homesteader, my good-natured host, twenty-eight-year-old truck driver Werni Wiebe, extends a hearty hello in a guttural, Plattdeutsch
(Low German) dialect before continuing on his twice-daily milk run.
Bussen, who speaks a clumsy Plattdeutsch
and is looked down upon by the
As to the consonants, certain changes, many of them summarized as the so-called Second Sound Shift, have set High German apart from Low German, which includes Plattdeutsch
, Dutch, Frisian (our closest linguistic relative), and English.
This is particularly true in northern Germany, where the dialect, Plattdeutsch
, is looked down upon by the educated.