Saxon, East Frisian Low

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A language of Germany

Alternate Names
Ostfriesisch
Population

2,000 (2003). Population total all countries: 5,120.

Location

Ostfriesland, Lower Saxony, Emden and Oldenburg towns area; Saterland, Jeverland, and Butjadingen. Used only in Saterland, Eastern Frisia (1998).

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

None known. Not intelligible of Frisian [fry] of the Netherlands or Northern Frisian [frr] (1978 E. Matteson) or Saterfriesisch [stq] (2001 W. Smidt). Lexical similarity: 77% with Standard German [deu], 74% with Frisian [fry].

Language Use

Language of the home for 1,500 to 2,000 (1977 SIL). Mainly older adults (2001). Used as L2 by Saterfriesisch [stq].

Writing

Latin script [Latn].