L1 users: 7,830,000 (European Commission 2012). Total users in all countries: 14,089,000.
Lower Austria and Salzburg states; Northern Bavarian dialect; Burgenland, Carinthia, and Styria.
Central Bavarian (Danube Bavarian), North Bavarian (Upper Franconian), South Bavarian, Salzburgish.
SOV; prepositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; question word initial; 2 prefixes, 3 to 4 suffixes on a word; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; obligatory verb affixes mark person and number of subject, other suffixes can mark gender of subject and person, number, and gender of object; causatives; comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CCV.
Vigorous. Also use Standard German [deu]. Language of instruction in school.
Latin script [Latn].
Dialects: North Bavarian north of Regensburg, to Nuremburg and Western Bohemia, Czechia; South Bavarian in Bavarian Alps, Tyrol, Styria, including the Heanzian dialect of Burgenland, Carinthia, northern Italy, and part of Gottschee.