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LuxembourgeoisLanguage
The LuxembourgeoisLanguage is a MoselleFranconianMiddleGermanLanguage of Luxembourg. SIL code: LUX. ISO 639-1: lb. ISO 639-2: ltz. Population: 250,000 first language speakers in Luxembourg, perhaps 50,000 as second language (1998). Population total all countries: 300,000. Region: Also spoken in Belgium, France, Germany, USA. Alternate names: LUXEMBURGISH, LUXEMBURGIAN, LUXEMBOURGISH, LETZBURGISCH, LETZEBUERGESCH, MOSELLE FRANCONIAN, FRANKISH. Comments: As distinct from Standard German as is Dutch (Stephens 1976), and not inherently intelligible with it. A Moselle variety of Frankish-German origin, related to varieties of Mitteldeutsch of Belgium. Bilingual level estimates for French are 0 0%, 1 10%, 2 25%, 3 40%, 4 15%, 5 10%. Speakers learn French and German mainly in school. Younger well-educated people speak English. Most written statements are in French (official) or German (less official, TV, newspaper). French used in high school, for speaking to foreigners at work. German used in school for technical terms, speaking to tourists, commuters from Germany. Everyday life, home, school for explanations, court, parliament. All ages. Vigorous use. The mother tongue of most of the population. Taught in school. For most people it is the language of creativity. Literature flourishes at a modest level. Pride in ethnic identity and language. West and Central varieties considered to be more sophisticated, North considered more rural, peasant-like. The variety used by older Belgian-border inhabitants is considered old-fashioned and riddled with French words, but perfectly intelligible. German is considered to be a foreign language, not to be used with others who speak Luxembourgeois. National language. Dictionary. Grammar. SVO, prepositions, genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads, question word initial, 3 prefixes, 2 suffixes on a word, rigid word order, passives, nontonal. Literacy rate in second language: 99% German, French. Written Luxembourgeois not taught in school, so use depends on individual. Letters often written in it. Newspapers, radio programs, TV. Christian. Also spoken in: Belgium. (Language name: LUXEMBOURGEOIS.) Population: 30,000 in Belgium (1998). Alternate names: LETZBURGISCH. Also spoken in: France. (Language name: LUXEMBOURGEOIS.) Alternate names: FRANKISH, PLATT. Comments: As distinct from Standard German as is Dutch (Stephens 1976), and not inherently intelligible with it. The common language of French and German coal miners. Also spoken in: Germany. (Language name: LUXEMBOURGEOIS.) Population: A few. Alternate names: LUXEMBURGIAN, LETZBURGISCH, LETZEBUERGESCH, MOSELLE FRANCONIAN.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
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InstancesContentBearingPhysicalAny Object or Process that expresses content. This covers Objects that contain a Proposition, such as a book, as well as ManualSignLanguage, which may similarly contain a Proposition.
 EntityThe universal class of individuals. This is the root node of the ontology.
 GermanGroupLanguage
 GermanicLanguageA GermanicLanguage is any of 58 closely related IndoEuropeanLanguages spoken in the UnitedKingdom and northern and central Europe.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
 HumanLanguageThe subclass of Languages used by Humans.
 IndoEuropeanLanguageThere are 433 languages categorized as an IndoEuropeanLanguage, forming a major family of the world's languages and including many of the most familiar languages of Europe and South Asia.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
 LanguageA system of signs for expressing thought. The system can be either natural or artificial, i.e. something that emerges gradually as a cultural artifact or something that is intentionally created by a person or group of people.
 LinguisticExpressionThis is the subclass of ContentBearingPhysical which are language-related. Note that this Class encompasses both Language and the the elements of Languages, e.g. Words.
 MiddleGermanLanguageOf the 17 GermanGroupLanguages, eight are classified as a MiddleGermanLanguage.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
 MoselleFranconianMiddleGermanLanguage
 PhysicalAn entity that has a location in space-time. Note that locations are themselves understood to have a location in space-time.
 SpokenHumanLanguageA SpokenHumanLanguage is a HumanLanguage which has as its medium the human voice. It can also be represented visually through writing, although not all SpokenHumanLanguages have a codified written form.
 WestGermanicLanguage
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