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    Which Germanic group inhabited the Maastricht/Heerlen Area?

    I was wondering, which Germanic group of people inhabited this area(Marked out with psycho-green and red)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teuton View Post
    Hello!
    I hope this is the right place to put this.
    Hmmm.... Not really!
    I was wondering, which Germanic group of people inhabited this area(Marked out with psycho-green and red)?
    Limburg, or the eastern part of Limburg, in other words?

    I can't talk about it with any certainty, but the dialect spoken there now forms a continuum with Dutch and German at its extremities, so we're basically dealing with Lower Franconian. The people there are thus Franks. As to classical times, which you might have in mind, the area is quite a way south of the Rhine and so is in Belgic territory. In Caesar's day this was Tungrian land, I suppose, unless my maps are too generalised. Later on the Germanic Ubii were in the area, and when the Roman border really began to give way the little local tribes were all absorbed into the Franks. I suppose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernhard View Post
    I live in this region(to be precise next to the black dot in the left corner against the green circle), so that's the reason this thread drew my attention. The dialects that are spoken there are indeed part of the German and dutch continuum. Nowadays they are mostly seen as lower franconian(except some towns and cities in the south-east), but I think in the nineteenth and the first part of the twentieth century they were included in the middle Franconian dialects. It is hard to say who is right. Simply it means: we say "ich" instead of the dutch "ik". But we do say "make"(dutch: maken) instead of the german machen.

    This map shows what I mean(it streches quite far into Germany): http://www.euro-support.be/langbel/mapger2.htm

    Not to forget, in the Netherlands Limburgian is recognized as a regional language.

    And we are indeed historically and linguistically speaking of Franconian heritage. It's not easy to be sure, but according to maps I have seen this part was Ripuarian Franconian and the part to the east of the meuse river was Salian. I can also start talking about linguists seeing a heritage of Ripuarian Franconian language in Limburgish(as a counterpart to the Salian Brabantic), but that would be too complicated and too speculative.


    Excellent answer, thanks a lot.
    I come from the area just east of Heerlen a little(But still in the circle)



    So it can be generally agreed that that area is Frankish.
    I shall do some personal research on the matter now that I have this information, thanks a lot everyone!

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