is an Upper Germanic language
or dialect spoken in Southern Bavaria
, the major part of Austria
(outside of Vorarlberg
, where an Alemannic
dialect is spoken), and South Tyrol
(politically a part of Italy
Like Standard German
, Austro-Bavarian is a High German
language, but they are not the same.
However, Austro-Bavarian and Standard German have influenced each other and the vast majority of Austro-Bavarian speakers speak Standard German as well.
Austro-Bavarian is also used to refer to the dialect group which includes the Austro-Bavarian dialect discussed here, as well as the Cimbrian, Hutterite German, and Mócheno dialects of German.
There are three main dialect groups in Austro-Bavarian:
Although there exist grammars, vocabularies, and a translation of the Bible
, there is no common standard for how to write the language.
Although Austro-Bavarian as a spoken language is in daily use in its region, Standard German is preferred in the mass media
Ethnologue report for Austro-Bavarian