Published April 16, 2018
This video was recorded by Kristen Tcherneshoff in Molsheim, France, where Dominique lives. Alsatian is spoken by as many as 900,000 speakers, primarily in the Alsace region of northeastern France, which has oscillated between French and German control since the 17th century. Today, Alsatian is officially recognized as a minority language by the government in France, although since the former has yet to ratify the charter for regional and minority languages, this protection doesn’t extend to the European level. A variety of Low Alemannic German, Alsatian shares roots with the languages of German Switzerland, and is in fact sometimes classified as a variety of Swiss German. Outside Europe, there are small, Alsatian speaking communities in the United States and Canada.