Luxembourgish

Luxembourgish (/ˈlʌksəmbɜːrɡɪʃ/ LUK-səm-bur-gish; also Luxemburgish,[2] Luxembourgian,[3] Letzebu(e)rgesch;[4] Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuergesch [ˈlətsəbuəjəʃ] (listen)) is a West Germanic language that is spoken mainly in Luxembourg. About 600,000 people speak Luxembourgish worldwide.[5]

Luxembourgish
Lëtzebuergesch
Pronunciation[ˈlətsəbuəjəʃ] (listen)
Native toLuxembourg; Saarland and north-west Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany; Arelerland and Saint-Vith district, Belgium; Moselle department, France
RegionWestern Europe
Native speakers
c. 600,000[1] (2015)[1]
Official status
Official language in
 Luxembourg
Recognised minority
language in
 Belgium (recognised by the French Community of Belgium)
Language codes
ISO 639-1lb
ISO 639-2ltz
ISO 639-3ltz
Glottologluxe1241
Linguasphere52-ACB-db
The area where Luxembourgish (pale indigo) and other dialects of Moselle Franconian (medium indigo) are spoken. The internal isogloss for words meaning "on, at", i.e. op and of, is also shown (Standard German: auf).
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A Luxembourgish speaker, recorded in France.

As a standard form of the Moselle Franconian language, Luxembourgish has similarities with other varieties of High German and the wider group of West Germanic languages. The status of Luxembourgish as an official language in Luxembourg, and the existence there of a regulatory body,[6] have removed Luxembourgish, at least in part, from the domain of Standard German, its traditional Dachsprache.