Para911 wrote:Regarding the rest of your post, Para911:
Niederdeutsch has not been particularly popular since the 1960s, due to its negative associations with rural descent and an overall bad attitude and lack of capability in regards of education. Many parents outright forbid their children to learn the language and did not teach them, as they feared that teachers in school would grade them based on their associations with the language.
This can be seen in the rapidly declining amount of active Niederdeutschspeakers since the 1960s.
Apart from that Niederdeutsch is regarded an actual different language, the rest of what you mentioned are dialects and accents. However modern Niederdeutsch is heavily influenced by Hochdeutsch, which led to large parts of its original vocabulary being forgotten and/or replaced. Personally I love Niederdeutsch it's a very warm and friendly language, but it has absolutely nothing to do with WAB.
I know that, but considering that my grandfather, who was enlisted somewhen between 1958 and 1970 in the west german army, actually told me that they spoke Plattdeutsch with each other(even while doing exercises), puts me in the position to say that I also can demand a completely useless thing to be added to this great game.
By the way:
The kids in the 60s (which means that they were born after '58) where taught to not speak Plattdeutsch. The kids which were born in the 40s and early 50s (which would be old enough for the army in the late 50s, early 60s) still learned it and spoke it fluently. Only kids which were born in the late 50s didn't learn to speak it.
Concerning your 2nd paragraph:
I fully agree. Even the last sentence.