Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

If you ask why Swiss German is not a language of its own, but rather ‘mere’ a dialect, you are also asking about the difference between what is termed a language and what is a dialect. This requires some clarification.

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Lausanne – the Olympia of modern times

Lausanne – the Olympia of modern times

The most famous five rings of modern times are not Greek; they are Swiss. In 1915, the chairman of the then IOC, Pierre de Coubertin, declared Lausanne to be the home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 1994, the

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How can I learn Swiss-German most effectively? Part one: free resources

How can I learn Swiss-German most effectively? Part one: free resources

As we are always increasing the content on this website, we would like to summarise all the ways you can learn Swiss-German on www.learn-swiss-german.ch. This three part blog series are designed to help you answer the question of how to learn

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Swiss-German survival book

Swiss-German survival book

Swiss-German is considerably different from German, especially as it happens in regard to those very phrases which a traveler needs: niceties, greetings, asking for stuff, getting directions, etc. One of the key differences to getting by with Swiss German. For example,

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