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== Linguistic geography ==
The development of territorial structures in the [[Eifel]] since the [[Roman Empire|Roman era]] is reflected in the development of the Eifel dialects. From a linguistic point of view, the Eifel can be divided into the Moselle Franconian and the Ripuarian dialect regions. The "Eifel language barrier", which separates the two dialects along a broad strip of territory, extends from the northern part of the [[Bitburg-Prüm]], via [[Dahlem, North Rhine-Westphalia|Kronenburg]], [[Blankenheim (Ahr)|Blankenheim]], [[Nettersheim]], [[Altenahr]] and [[Ahrweiler]] along the [[Vinxtbach]] to its confluence with the [[Rhine]] at [[Bad Breisig]]. The old Roman border between [[Germania superior]] and [[Germania inferior]] ran here too. In the [[feudal period]], the border between the [[Electorate of Trier]] and [[Electorate of Cologne]] also followed this line and, today, the border between [[North Rhine-Westphalia]] and [[Rhineland-Palatinate]] runs within this strip of land, which in linguistics is also referred to as the Vinxtbach Line or Dorp-Dorf Line.<ref>http://www.rheinische-landeskunde.lvr.de/sprache/namen/ortsnamen/ on 3 September 2012</ref> The Eifel dialect is also spoken in the neighbouring [[German-speaking Community of Belgium]]. Especially in the southern part of this region, which is also called the [[Belgian Eifel]], the dialect has been able to preserve its importance in everyday life. Historically, these territories belonged mainly to the [[Duchy of Luxembourg]] (until 1815), while smaller elements belonged to the Electorate of Trier.
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