As per the Wikipedia article on the Alsatian language (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsatian_dialect#Orthography) the orthography includes the latin letters A,B,C ... X,Y,Z and the following vowels with diacritics with the corresponding IPA below.

Orthography Ä À É Ö Ü Ù
IPA /ɛ/ /ɑ/,/ɑː/ /ɛ/ /œ/ /y/ /u/

But as per the "Office pour la langue et le cultures d'alsace et de moselle" (http://www.olcalsace.org/) the official(?) body within France for language and culture for the Alsace region. The orthography for Alsatian (all/most dialects) follow the ORTHAL system (http://www.orthal.fr/index.html & https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthal)

Latest specification (http://www.orthal.fr/ORTHAL_2016.pdf) & Explanatory document (http://www.olcalsace.org/sites/default/files/documents/synthese_ORTHAL.pdf).

Notably the differences are - the letters X & Y are not a part of the alphabet with the digraph KS & letter J replacing them in ORTHAL.

The vowels are indicated by the following different set of letters. With umlauted letters following standard German orthography/phonology for the most part. Vowels with the grave accent indicating changes from standard German orthography/phonology.

Presumably to allow for better readability/etymological link with standard German. Their publications E.g. - glossaries for children - http://www.olcalsace.org/fr/lexiques exemplifies the use of this orthography.

Orthography Ä À Ö Ü Ù
IPA /ɛ/ /ɑ ~ ɒ/ /æ/ /ɪ/ /œ/ /y/ /u/

It seems that either the Wikipedia article is wrong or outdated. I can update Wikipedia, but before I update the article, I wanted to find out if there is an authoritative source for the orthography besides olcalsace.

  • It seems that you already found the most standard orthography with ORTHAL. Which does not mean that you may encounter a wider variety of orthographies while researching dialect publications from Alsace. Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 21:43
  • See als.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 22:43
  • @AdamBittlingmayer - Thanks for the link, so which one is the official Orthography? The one in the English Wikipedia page for Alsatian or the ORTHAL listed above?
    – Nausher
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 2:21
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    Dia Methoda hàt zìmlig Erfolg, zum Beispil ìn da régionàla elsassischa Blättla (Zittung "L'ALSACE", "Haut-Rhin Magazine") oder uff zweisprochiga Schìlder wia ìm Elsassischa Ecomusée oder àm Nèiweiher-Stàuidàmm. S OLCA, s elsassischa Sprochàmt, hàt sa aui ààgnumma. Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 5:21
  • It sounds like it's sort of expanding but that implies another one is still in use. Probably the article should include both orthographies. Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 5:26


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