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The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies

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Published: 1851
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,475 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.7
LoC Category: HT
Downloads: 312
Added to site: 2010.02.17
mnybks.net#: 26689
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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ses. And this is the case with that remarkable series of islands which runs like a row of breakwaters from the Helder to the Weser, and serves as a front to the continent behind them. Such are Ameland, Terschelling, Wangeroog, and the others--each with its dialect or sub-dialect.

But beyond this, the continuity of the range of language is broken. Frisian is not the present dialect of Groningen. Nor yet of Oldenburg generally--though in one or two of the fenniest villages of that duchy a remnant of it still continues to be spoken; and is known to philologists and antiquarians as the Saterland dialect.

It was spoken in parts of East Friesland as late as the middle of the last century--but only in parts; the Low German, or Platt-Deutsch, being the current tongue of the districts around.

It is spoken--as already stated--in Heligoland.

And, lastly, it is spoken in an isolated locality as far north as the Duchy of Sleswick, in the neighbourhood of Husum and Bredsted.

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