German OCR

German Language

The German language is a West Germanic language spoken primarily in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the two official languages of Luxembourg. The other official language is Luxembourgish, a Franconian language that is closely related to German. The German dialects spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews (that have migrated to Central Europe) have been variously influenced by Yiddish and are therefore often classified as Yiddish dialects (Schwadjuden). However, they are different from the dialects spoken by most Ashkenazi Jews in that they do not use the Hebrew alphabet but instead employ the Latin alphabet. They include the dialects of Upper and Lower Saxony, Alsatian and Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania German.