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Thread #20451   Message #3927637
Posted By: keberoxu
28-May-18 - 12:50 PM
Thread Name: The Lorelei vs. Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Subject: RE: The Lorelei vs. Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Okay, those of you with no interest in Friedrich Silcher,
composer of a popular melody for "Die Lorelei,"
can skip this post.
I felt ashamed that I knew nothing about "Swabia"
so I looked it up.

The region identified as "Swabia" goes back to the Middle Ages.
What we know as "hochdeutsch" or formal/official German language
was still taking shape at this time.
So there exists a form of German which is a Swabian dialect,
a regional thing.

Swabia was never a kingdom by itself,
but at one point there was a Duchy of Swabia.
The border between Swabia and Bavaria ("Bayern") has fluctuated at times.
The intruders who were most determined to conquer and assimilate Swabia
were from the Frankish empire,
and the Burgundians also figure in conflicts.

Actually the Swabians as a distinct group of people
were remarked upon by Tacitus and Ptolemy during the Roman Empire.