Ripuarian (Ripoarėsch)

Ripuarian is a variety of Central Franconian spoken in central Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium by about 900,000 people. It is spoken in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, in Liège in Belgium, and in Limburg the Netherlands.

Ripuarian, which also known is Ripuarian Franconian or Ripuarisch Platt, has over 100 dialects, the best-known of which is Kölsch, which is spoken in Cologne (Köln). It is related to the Moselle Franconian languages of southern Rhineland, to Luxembourgish, to Limburgish, and to Low Dietsch, which is spoken in Belgium.

There is some literature and some poems and songs written in Ripuarian, however there is no standard written form of the language. Attempts have been made to develop an orthography for Kölsch, however few people use it.

The name Ripuarian means "shore dwellers" and comes from the Latin rīpa (river bank, shore).

Ripuarian alphabet

Ripuarian alphabet


Sample text in Colognian / Kölsch (The Lord's Prayer)

Leeve Herrjott, hellich ess Dinge Name. Vum Himmel us rejeers Do et janze Weltall noh Dingem Welle. Wie ne Vatter sorgs Do för de Minschheit, die he op de Äd Di Rich erwaden deit. Vill Nut es en der Welt, döm bedde mer: maach doch, dat keine Minsch mieh muss Hunger ligge. Nemm vun uns alle Sündeschold, domet och jederein ess jnädich de eije Schöldner. Helf Do uns, dat meer alle Versökunge widderstonn, un halt alles vun uns fähn, wat unsem iwije Heil schade künnt. Amen.


Information about the Ripuarian alphabet and pronunciation, and sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum


Information about Ripuarian

Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English, Faroese, Flemish, Frisian (East), Frisian (North), Frisian (Saterland), Frisian (West), German, Gothic, Gottscheerish, Gronings, Hunsrik, Icelandic, Limburgish, Low German, Luxembourgish, Mòcheno, Norn, Norwegian, Old English, Old Norse, Pennsylvania German, Ripuarian, Scots, Shetland(ic), Stellingwarfs, Swabian, Swedish, Swiss German, Transylvanian Saxon, Värmlandic, Wymysorys, Yiddish, Yola, Zeelandic

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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