East Pomeranian dialect

East Pomeranian (Ostpommersch) is an East Low German dialect that is either moribund or used to be spoken in what was roughly Pomerania (now Northwestern Poland; previously part of Germany until the end of World War II) and today is also spoken in some communities in Brazil. It is part of the Low German language.

The name Pomerania comes from Slavic po more, which means Land at the Sea.[2]

East Pomeranian was mostly spoken in the Farther Pomerania (Hinterpommern) region of the Prussian Province of Pomerania and in Pomerelia. After World War II, the East Pomeranian-speaking German inhabitants of the region were largely expelled to western Germany.

East Pomeranian is also spoken in central Wisconsin, in Iowa and in Brazil.

The varieties of East Pomeranian are:

  • Westhinterpommersch
  • Osthinterpommersch
  • Bublitzisch
  • Pommerellisch
East Pomeranian
Native toBrazil and diaspora of expellees in Germany
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottologeast2293  superseded[1]

Brazilian Municipalities that have co-official East Pomeranian dialect

Municipalities in which the East Pomeranian dialect has co-official status in Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Espírito Santo

Minas Gerais

Santa Catarina

Rio Grande do Sul


See also


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "East Pomeranian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Der Name Pommern (po more) ist slawischer Herkunft und bedeutet so viel wie „Land am Meer“. (Pommersches Landesmuseum, German)
  3. ^ A escolarização entre descendentes pomeranos em Domingos Martins Archived December 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e O povo pomerano no ES Archived December 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "A co-oficialização da língua pomerana" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  6. ^ Pomerano!?, acessado em 21 de agosto de 2011
  7. ^ No Brasil, pomeranos buscam uma cultura que se perde Archived March 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, acessado em 21 de agosto de 2011
  8. ^ Lei dispõe sobre a cooficialização da língua pomerana no município de Santa maria de Jetibá, Estado do Espírito Santo Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Vila Pavão, Uma Pomerânia no norte do Espirito Santo, acessado em 21 de agosto de 2011
  10. ^ Descendentes de etnia germânica vivem isolados em área rural de Minas
  11. ^ Pomeranos em busca de recursos federais Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Resistência cultural - Imigrantes que buscaram no Brasil melhores condições de vida, ficaram isolados e sem apoio do poder público Archived November 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, acessado em 2 de novembro de 2011
  13. ^ Pomerode institui língua alemã como co-oficial no Município. Archived May 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Vereadores propõem ensino da língua pomerana nas escolas do município, acessado em 21 de agosto de 2011
  15. ^ Ontem e hoje : percurso linguistico dos pomeranos de Espigão D'Oeste-RO
  16. ^ Sessão Solene em homenagem a Comunidade Pomerana Archived 2012-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ percurso linguistico dos pomeranos de Espigão D Oeste-RO, acessado em 2 de novembro de 2011
  18. ^ Comunidade Pomerana realiza sua tradicional festa folclórica Archived 2015-02-06 at the Wayback Machine

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East Low German

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In or shortly after World War II, the Koschneiderisch-speaking German inhabitants of the region were largely expelled to western Germany. It has palatalization of the k-sound, resulting in a sound similar to the ć-sound of the Polish language.

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"Deutsch-litauische Kulturbeziehungen" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-13.

Its border ran through Warmia.

Ostkäslausch used to be spoken around Reszel and used to have borders to Breslausch, Natangian and Standard German."Deutsch-litauische Kulturheziehungen" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-13.

It has features of Eastphalian and

East Pomeranian dialect.

There is gutturalisation of nd and nt to e and i, but not of the preterite of strong verbs.

Ostkäslausche also has diphthongization of e and long o after ei and ou.O frequently has become io or iu.

Ostkäslausch has influence of High Prussian.

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It occurred, that Ostkäslausch and High Prussian were spoken in the same village.

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Pomeranian is an adjective referring to Pomerania, an area divided between Poland and Germany.


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Vila Neitzel

Vila Neitzel is a geographical district in the Brazilian municipality of Itueta, founded by Pomeranians.The district was founded by German refugees during World War II.In the district is currently headquartered Língua Mutter project, which has the goal of teaching and spreading the East Pomeranian dialect among the inhabitants of the district.

West Pomeranian dialect

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The vocabulary of the West Pomeranian dialects is compiled and described in the Pomeranian Dictionary, Pommersches Wörterbuch.

White Brazilians

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Wisconsin German

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