It’s another one of those “not much of a mystery here at all” mysteries.
Why is “Berlinerisch,” the Berlin dialect, dying out? Do the math.
“Less and less people speak the true Berliner dialect,” was the title of a recent newspaper article that immediately alarmed me. Young people no longer find Berlinerisch cool, and the 60,000 people who move to the city every year aren’t planning on learning it either…
Meanwhile, only a quarter of all Berliners were actually born in Berlin – and that ratio is sinking. It’s bad enough that Berliners are bound to disappear; we can’t just let the language die out.
‘Icke’ should be World Cultural Heritage