Dutch: Biography of a Language

Dutch: Biography of a Language

Roland Willemyns


greater than 22 million humans communicate Dutch-primarily within the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, and the Antilles. Roland Willemyns the following deals a well-researched and hugely readable survey of the Dutch language in all its old, geographic, and social elements.
Willemyns tells a narrative of language touch and clash. From its earliest days, Dutch has been in excessive touch with different languages either inside and out of doors the borders of the Low nations, really with French, Frisian, and German.
The first a part of Dutch concentrates at the old improvement of ordinary Dutch and its dialects. the second one half makes a speciality of modern Dutch, together with its many dialects in Flanders and Holland (some of them at the verge of extinction). Willemyns can pay precise recognition to special questions within the background of Dutch, quite the contentious subject of the worldwide unfold of Dutch via colonization-which ended in "exotic" adaptations resembling Afrikaans, pidgins, and creoles-and no matter if Dutchmen and Flemings are "separated through an identical language." His ultimate bankruptcy attempts to shed a few mild at the way forward for Dutch, and the effect of such "new" forms as Poldernederlands (in Holland) and Verkavelingsvlaams (in Flanders).
Placing the Dutch tale within the context of different West-Germanic languages like German and English, Dutch: Biography of a Language is the one English language background of Dutch and should be sure you curiosity an international viewers of scholars of Dutch, these of Dutch descent, and linguists and different students wishing to profit extra approximately Dutch.

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