Upper Saxon German

dialect of German

Upper Saxon (German: Obersächsisch, pronounced [ˈoːbɐˌzɛksɪʃ]; Upper Saxon: [ɵːb̥oˤˈsɛɡ̊sʃ]) is an dialect spoken in Saxony, southeastern Saxony-Anhalt, and eastern Thuringia. Though called "Saxon", it is not to be confused with Low Saxon. Upper Saxon is linked to the Thuringian dialect.

Upper Saxon
Native toGermany
RegionSaxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia
Native speakers
2 million (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3sxu
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Central German dialects after 1945
  Upper Saxon (8)
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The subgroups for Upper Saxon German.


  1. Upper Saxon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Upper Saxon". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Cite uses deprecated parameter |chapterurl= (help)