Published April 28, 2018
This video was recorded by Daniel Bogre Udell in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he and this speaker were visiting. Swiss German is spoken by as many as five million people, primarily in the Central European nation of Switzerland, where it remains unrecognized in favor of Standard German. As a result, Swiss German remains without a written standard and is characterized by robust dialectal diversity. A member of the Alemannic group of Germanic languages, Swiss German is most closely related to Swabian, Walser, and the spoken vernaculars of Liechtenstein. Despite the lack of political recognition, there exists a wide body of Swiss German literature, especially from the 19th century.