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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
Salland Low Saxon
the provincial capital of Overijssel, is one of the major cities within
the Salland region. Zwolle used to be a member city of the medieval
Hanseatic Trading League. Seen here is one of its landmarks: De Sassenpoort
(The Saxon Gate).
Sallaans (Dutch Sallands) is a collective label for a group of Low Saxon dialects that are spoken in
the historical region Salland in the western part of what is now the Netherlands’ province of Overijssel. The Salland dialects appear to have been strongly influenced by Dutch (Hollandic) dialects in the 17th century. Typical of all Low Saxon dialects is umlauting, a process in which back vowels become frontal under certain circumstances. The Salland dialects show more umlauting than do neighboring dialects. A specific feature of Salland Low Saxon is vowel
raising; e.g. huus (Hüüs) ‘house’; cf. Twente hoes (Huus).—
The direct descendant of Old Saxon, Low Saxon—usually,
with the inclusion of Low Franconian varieties, known as “Low German” (Niederdeutsch, Plattdeutsch) in Germany—is originally used in the eastern parts of the Netherlands and in
the northern parts of Germany. It is closely related to both German and (especially)
Dutch but is recognized as separate regional language by the European Union. [Click here
Genealogy: Indo-European > Germanic > Western > Low German > (Low) Saxon > North Saxon > Southern > Salland