A language of Luxembourg

Alternate Names
Frankish, Letzburgisch, Lëtzebuergesch, Luxembourgeois, Luxemburgian, Luxemburgish, Moselle Franconian

266,000 in Luxembourg (European Commission 2012). Population total all countries: 336,710. L2 users: 50,000 in Luxembourg.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (1984, Language Law of 24 February, Article 1).


None known. As distinct from Standard German [deu] as is Dutch [nld] (Stephens 1976); not inherently intelligible with it. A Moselle variety of Frankish-German origin, related to varieties of Mitteldeutsch of Belgium.


SVO; prepositions; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; question word initial; 3 prefixes, 2 suffixes on a word; rigid word order; passives; nontonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. The language of creativity for most. Modest amounts of literature. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. West and Central varieties considered more sophisticated; North more rural, peasant-like. Variety used by older Belgian-border inhabitants considered old fashioned and riddled with French [fra] words, but perfectly intelligible. German [deu] considered a foreign language, not used with others who speak Luxembourgeois. 226,000 also use English [eng]. Also use French [fra], Standard German [deu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 99% German, French. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2000.

Latin script [Latn].

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