Standard German

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Standard German, High German, Standard High German
Standarddeutsch, Hochdeutsch
RegionGerman-speaking Europe
Native speakers
70,000,000 (2012)[1]
8,000,000 L2 in Germany (2012)[1]
Standard forms
Latin (German alphabet)
German Braille
Signed German, LBG
(Lautsprachbegleitende/Lautbegleitende Gebärden)
Official status
Official language in
South Tyrol (Italy)
Minority/Cultural/National language in various other countries/dependencies
Regulated byNo official regulation
(German orthography regulated by the Council for German Orthography[2]).
Language codes
ISO 639-1de
ISO 639-2ger (B)
deu (T)
ISO 639-3deu

Standard German, High German, or Standard High German, (German: Standarddeutsch, Hochdeutsch, or in Swiss Standard German Schriftdeutsch), is the standardized variety of the German language used in formal occasions, and for communication between different dialect areas. It has three specific regional variants: German Standard German, Austrian Standard German, and Swiss Standard German.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Standard German, High German, Standard High German at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. "Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung – Über den Rat". Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "German". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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