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Common Languages and the Jäger Accent Problem Edit
As is well known from the canon, the Jägermonsters speak with an accent. The consensus is that this accent is depicted in the comic in the conventional way used to depict a stereotypical German accent.
This has an interesting implication. Had they been speaking with a Hungarian, Romanian, or Slavic accent, then it would be entirely reasonable that this would also constitute an accent when speaking German, even if it is depicted as English spoken with an accent because the comic itself is written in English.
But how do you speak German with a German accent (and still not be speaking it quite properly)?
Dialect stratification Edit
Most of the former Mad speculation on this topic has been rendered obsolete by Word of God. We now know that the Wulfenbach Empire's administrative language is Romanian, so this is what Jägerkin working for the Wulfenbachs normally speak. There's also good reason to believe (from character names and analogy with our history) that German is in widespread use as a vernacular language, and in particular is commonly spoken in Mechanicsburg.
Accordingly, the Jägerkin accent almost certainly represents Romanian (or whatever other language they're using, and they've lived long enough to be polylinguists) spoken with a rough German accent.
The base of the accent appears to be the Old Mechanicsburg working class accent. This makes sense as the Jägerkin mostly are old working class Mechanicsburgers. And it's every bit as common for a native speaker of German to have a distinct Bavarian accent as it is for an Englishman to have a Yorkshire accent or a Frenchman a Norman accent. So you can speak German with a German accent! Datkhound 14:34, November 2, 2011 (UTC)
- In that regard (German with a German accent), "Hogan's Heroes" became a hit in Germany in the 1990's, which is a bit odd. The show had to be edited a bit as certain salutes and greetings are illegal in Germany now ("The corn is this high!" - really!). However, Colonel Klink and Sargent Schultz were given Bavian and Schwaben accents which are considered 'hick' accents by other parts of Germany, I understand. AndyAB99 19:15, November 3, 2011 (UTC)