Central German dialects
Hessen (German: Hessisch) is a West Central German group of dialects of the German language in the central German state of Hessen. The dialect most similar to Hessen is Palatinate German (Ger.: Pfälzisch, pronounced ['p?f?lt?s??]) of the Rhine Franconian sub-family. However, the Hessen dialects have some features which set them somewhat apart from other West-Central German dialects.
Hessian can be divided into four main dialects, namely those of:
Northern Hesse (around the city of Kassel),
Eastern Hesse (around Fulda),
Southern Hesse (around Darmstadt).
To understand this division one must consider the history of Hesse and the fact that this state is the result of an administrative reform.
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