An Introduction: Diglossia and its Aftermath
Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with an affluent and highly educated population, speaking a variety of languages. The largest linguistic community is made up of German speakers. As with many mountainous polities, German-speaking Switzerland is divided into a range of different dialect groups, none of which is at all close to standard High German.
KeywordsLanguage Variety Local Dialect Phonological System South Asian Origin High Context
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