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Hutterite German

Hutterite German is spoken by several ten thousand people. The vast majority of the speakers live in Canada. A significant community of Hutterite German speakers lives in the United States of America.

The ancestor of Hutterite German is the dialect of Carinthia in Austria belonging to the Upper German branch of German. German belongs to the Western branch of the Germanic languages. It is closely related to English, Dutch and Frisian. The Germanic languages form a top-level constituent of the Indo-European language family.

The speakers are members of the Hutterite religious community. They left their original homeland in the south of the German speaking area in Europe in the 17th century because of religious prosecution and migrated to Russia. From there they moved to North America in the second half of the 19th century.

The language is used in every-day communication. Children learn Hutterite German before they learn English.

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