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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
Veluwe Low Saxon
Veluwe—a region rich in wood- and heathland
as well as Saxon heritage
information: The Veluwe is
a region rich in wood- and heathland in the northern
part of Gelderland, a province of the central eastern Netherlands bordering
the northwestern part of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The
primarily Old-Saxon-derived dialects of the Veluwe are referred to as “Veluwe
Low Saxon,” Veluws in both Dutch and Low Saxon, formerly Veluwsch. This dialect group tends to be seen as consisting of an eastern group and a
western group, though there is relatively little diversity and a number of
isoglosses make the transition between the two groups rather gradual. An
important difference between the two is in the present tense verbal suffix in the plural: -t in the east and -en in the west, a distinction that exist among the Low Saxon (“Low German”) dialects of Northern Germany as well. The western dialects have more
and older Dutch (Low Frankish) influences. The northeastern dialects have
undergone a fair amount of influence from Salland Low Saxon.
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