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The different westgermanic language regions in old-german time (around the year 962 when Otto I. was emperor), based on the Map DeutschesSprachgebiet962.png;

Data for the different Regions taken from "Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (4. Auflage) 1993"; See also: Oldhighgerman Dictionary - University of Innsbruck (german)

All 5 indicated westgermanic language variants have undisputed documents and primary sources. Old-Thuringian has no undisputed primary sources and is hence not indicated on the map, but marked as Frankonian. Langobardian and Old-English aren't indicated either.

Caption in Standard-German says the following (from top to bottom):

  • Old-Frankonian (Rhine-, Mosel-, Central- and Low-Frankonian)
  • Old-Alemannic
  • Old-Bavarian
  • Old-Saxon
  • Old-Frisian

Borders: Mind that the borders drawn on this map are only approximate. From early medieval time not enough data has been handed down to guarantee 100% accuracy for any historic conclusion!

Undisputed primary sources before the year 1000 are, e.g. for:

  • Old-Frankonian: Augsburger Gebet, Fuldaer Berichte, Fränkisches Taufgelöbnis, Hammelburger Markbeschreibung, Kölner Taufgelöbnis, Lex Rivaria, Lorscher Bienensegen, Mainzer Beichte, Merseburger Gebetsbruchstücke, Pfälzer Beichte, Pariser Tatianfragmente, Reichenauer Beichte, Rheinfränkische Cantica, Trierer Capitulare, Trierer Verse wider den Teufel, Würzburger Beichte, Weißenburger Katechismus, Würzburger Markbeschreibung.
  • Old-Alemannic: Alemannische Psalmenübersetzung, Benediktinerregel, St. Galler Schularbeit (Brief Ruodperts), St. Galler Schreibvers, St. Galler Sprichwörter, St. Galler Spottverse, Notker, Notker Glossator, Otfrid of Weissenburg, Physiologus, Weingartner Buchunterschrift.
  • Old-Bavarian: Altbayrische Beichte, Bruchstücke einer Beiche (Vorauer Beichte), Altbayrisches Gebet, Carmen ad Deum, Exhortatio ad plebem christianam, Freisinger Paternoster, Hildebrandslied, Jüngere Bayrische Beichte (1000), Kassel Conversations, Mondseer Fragmente (Vienna fragments), Freisinger Petruslied, Pro Nessia, Psalm 138, Sigharts Gebet, Wessobrunn Prayer, Wiener Hundesegen, Abrogans (disputed), Muspilli (disputed)
  • Old-Saxon: Sächsische Psalmenbruchstücke, (De Henrico), (Hildebrandslied)
  • Old-Frisian: first primary sources not before the 13th century



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