Definition of Middle high german

1. Noun. High German from 1100 to 1500.

Generic synonyms: German, German Language, High German

Definition of Middle high german

1. Proper noun. An ancestor of the modern German language, and was spoken from 1050 to about 1500. Some linguists prefer to use 1350 as the end of the Middle High German period, calling the period from 1350 to 1750 Early New High German. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Middle High German

Middle Ages
Middle Armenian
Middle Breton
Middle Chinese
Middle Dutch
Middle Earth
Middle East
Middle Eastern
Middle Easterner
Middle England
Middle Englander
Middle English
Middle French
Middle Greek
Middle High German
Middle Irish
Middle Kingdom
Middle Korean
Middle Latin
Middle Low German
Middle Norwegian
Middle Paleolithic
Middle Persian
Middle Watut
Middle Welsh
Middle West

Literary usage of Middle high german

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Form received the most careful attention; versification was regulated by the strictest rules; the language, the classic middle high german, is extremely ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Assuming two periods of transition besides, we have the following divisions, with the approximate dates :— Old High German to 1050 Early middle high german ..."

3. A History of German Literature by John George Robertson (1902)
"... chans«- the linguistic change which divides Old High German from Middle High German was hardly accomplished before the beginning of the twelfth century; ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The second period, from about 1150 to about 1500 (middle high german, ... This was particularly true of the language of middle high german poetry during the ..."

5. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1862)
"... a general account of the substitution of Luther's German fur the Middle High German. For the relation of the New High German (Luther's) written language ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"... sounded like the English a, in stage pronunciation, r middle high german u-iFs', ... for middle high german divided intothe three main groupsof Swabian, ..."

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