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Swiss Standard German{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn |bracket_year_left = ( |bracket_year_right = ) }}<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref> (German: Schweizer Standarddeutsch{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}),{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn |bracket_year_left = ( |bracket_year_right = ) }} or Swiss High German{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn |bracket_year_left = ( |bracket_year_right = ) }}<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref><ref group=note name=HighGerman/> (German: Schweizer Hochdeutsch{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn |bracket_year_left = ( |bracket_year_right = ) }} or Schweizerhochdeutsch),{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn |bracket_year_left = ( |bracket_year_right = ) }} referred to by the Swiss as Schriftdeutsch, or Hochdeutsch, is one of four official languages in Switzerland, besides French, Italian and Romansh.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It is a variety of Standard German, used in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. It is mainly written, and rather less often spoken.

Swiss Standard German is not a German dialect, but a variety of standard German. It is not to be confused with Swiss German, an umbrella term for the various Alemannic German dialects (in the sense of "traditional regional varieties") that are the default everyday languages in German-speaking Switzerland.

German is a pluricentric language. In contrast with other local varieties of German, Swiss Standard German has distinctive features in all linguistic domains: not only in phonology, but also in vocabulary, syntax, morphology and orthography. These characteristics of Swiss Standard German are called Helvetisms.


Swiss Standard German sections
Intro  Written Swiss Standard German  Spoken Swiss Standard German  Diglossia  Attitude to spoken Swiss Standard German  Notes  References  Literature  

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