Author: Thilo Wilts

On the identity and language of the East Frisian people

On the identity and language of the East Frisian people

“Säi hebbent tēgen däi Düütsken spöölt (They played against the Germans)”, said grandma Johanna in past times. She was a real East Frisian woman from Rhauderfehn. And the Germans? Well, she wanted to state, that the opponent team was from the region of Oldenburg. Many East Frisian people referred to themselves not as Germans and also their language was called Ōstfräisk or Ōstfräisk Tóól.

Which language does the Ostfriesische Landschaft promote?

Which language does the Ostfriesische Landschaft promote?

People that write Ostfriesisches Platt frequently complain about the notation of the Ostfriesische Landschaft. It stands out that the Ostfriesische Landschaft refuses and rejects much ‘real’ east frisian words, although they are noticable in daily use of language. 

The Ostfriesische Landschaft also uses a notation, that does not fit phonetically to Ostfriesisches Platt. Where does this notation come from and why is it still used in public although its acceptance shrinks continuously in the east Frisian population?

The Jungfräiske Mäinskup asks: “Which language does the Ostfriesische Landschaft promote?” Here you can find the article.

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Interfrisian Keyboard

As first Frisian organization, the Jungfräiske Mäinskup supports the release of an interfrisian App named ‘Interfrisian Keyboard’. The app is developed by the member Onno Feldmann and features a keyboard with integrated dictionary for all Frisian languages.

This app is a novelty for the Saterfrisian language, the east Frisian Platt and the north Frisian language. The Jungfräiske Mäinskup wants to promote Frisian and Frisian – low German languages by supporting this project. The app is already available in Googles Play Store.

Link to the app in Google Play Store


Artificial intelligence learns Ostfriesisches Platt

We at the Jungfräiske Mäinskup develop an artificial intelligence, that learns the East Frisian Platt. In the future  it is supposed to predict the next word in texts that are written on mobile devices. 

Artificial intelligence helps us on a daily basis, most of the time unrecognized, for example when we write a text on our computer or mobile device. We want to enable people to use these features also when they are writing in East Frisian Platt. 

More on this on the project side.