Uerdinger line

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  • No or hardly any German has been spoken in the former German eastern regions since the Germans were expelled after the Second World War.
  • In Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, dialects and thus the isoglosses have almost completely disappeared today.
  • Isogloss corresponds here with the Benrath line.
  • Isogloss is part of the Rhenish fan here .
  • The Uerdinger and Karlsruhe lines as historical language borders between Low and Middle German .

    The Uerdinger line or ik-ich-Linie describes the ik / ich - isogloss in German studies . Minor forms are ek and ech .

    To the north of this isogloss one says, for example: “Ik goh noh Hus” and south of it the High German “ich” or the dialectal “ech”, “esch” or “isch” is part of the dialect, there one speaks: “Isch jon noh Huus ” for“ I'm going home ”.


    The Uerdinger line separates u. a. the North Lower Franconian from the South Lower Franconian . It stretches from the Belgian Lion over the Dutch Roermond , Venlo and Viersen , crosses the Rhine between Krefeld-Uerdingen and Duisburg-Mündelheim , runs north of Mintard along the Ruhr, continues through the Bergisches Land and meets the Benrath line again near Wuppertal or "make / make line". Essentially, it describes, among other things, the course of the border between Siegerland and Sauerland , where it assigns part of the municipality of Wenden to the more southern language area and here briefly separates from the Benrath line (so they say: "ech make"). Further east in Brandenburg, it separates again from the Benrath Line and runs south past Berlin. There they say: "i (c) k do".

    The Uerdingen line runs through the urban area of ​​Krefeld, where the Hölsch Plott spoken in the Hüls district is already part of the North Lower Franconian “ik / eck” language area, while “esch / isch” is used in Uerdingen and the other districts. The Uerdinger line also separates Duisburg's southern district , which belongs to the “esch / isch” language area, from the rest of the city area.

    Uerdinger line represents only a transition line between the ik-dialects in Low German and Low Franconian language area and the I-dialects are in High German language area. Whether the Low Franconian language area starts here or further south at the Benrather line can be in this transition area from the Lower Franconian to High German, which is determined by the dialect continuum , should not be tied to a boundary line.

    In the first case, the dialects south of the Uerdinger line can also be assigned to the Central German languages ​​and dialects of High German, in the latter case to Lower Franconian (see also Panninger line ).