Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Illustrations of the IPA

Upper Saxon (Chemnitz dialect)

Sameer ud Dowla Khana1 and Constanze Weisea2

a1 Department of Linguistics, Reed College

a2 Department of History, Dickinson College

Upper Saxon (Obersächsisch /ɵːpoˁˈsɛksʃ/) refers to a group of dialects spoken by over two million people in the Free State of Saxony in eastern Germany. It is considered one of the eastern branches of Central German (Wiesinger 1983, Lewis 2009), with major phonological, morphological, and lexical differences from Standard German and other regional dialects.