Great read. I would take slight issue with your statement that Switzerland is included in the “German” regions. It depends on what part of Switzerland. The southern region identifies as Italian, the western region, French, and the northern/eastern as German. The spoken language “Sweitzerdeutsch,” (schweetzer dootch) while written as German, carries some unique pronunciations that might classify it as a spoken, not written, language. As a Swiss friend of mine explained, “We do ghat to piss the Germans off.”
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My family immigrated in 1845-46 from Canton Aargau and spoke this Swiss-German dialect, much to the concern of their fellow Alsatian and Bavarian co-immigrants to Texas at that time. When my great-grandfather immigrated from Prussia in the 1880s and married into the family, he instilled in them a philosophy of “You are German and proud of it.” He insisted his children speak “proper” German and it was not until they started school that he relented and hired an English tutor for them.