German Language

German Translation & German Interpretation Services

Providing Professional Translation, Interpretation and Localization services in German and more than 200 other languages and dialects.

Autonym(s)

Deutsch

Number of Speakers

Native Speakers: 90-95 million; L2 Speakers: 10-15 million

Geographic Distribution

Europe, South America, North America, Africa

Official or Recognized Status

Official: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland; Recognized minority language in 13 other countries

Classification

Indo-European, Germanic

Features

An inflected (fusional) language which utilizes a V2 word order with a subject-object-verb (SOV) order restriction for main clauses. Nouns form compounds wherein the first noun modifies the category given by the second noun. Verbs include two main conjugation classes (weak and strong), three persons, two numbers, three moods, two tenses without auxiliary verbs, four tenses with auxiliary verbs, and various types of aspect distinction.

Dialects

German is a pluricentric language, wherein several interacting codified versions of the language exist together. Standard German is a standard form of Higher German that developed in the early modern period, although many variations in vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and orthography exist within the Standard German continuum. Many traditional German dialects, which are gradually being replaced by Standard German, are not mutually intelligible.

Writing System

Latin alphabet, with three vowels that contain the Umlaut (ä, ö, and ü), as well as the eszett or scharfes s (sharp s): ß.

U.S. Distribution

There are approximately 1.06 million German speakers in the United States, with the Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities representing one of the largest communities of German speakers today.

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