Dutch Language

Dutch Language

Dutch ( Nederlands) is a West Germanic language and the native language of most of the population of the Netherlands, and about sixty percent of the populations of Belgium and Suriname, the three member states of the Dutch Language Union. Most speakers live in the European Union, where it is a first language for about 23 million and a second language for another 5 million people. It also holds official status in the Caribbean island nations of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, while historical minorities remain in parts of France and Germany, and to a lesser extent, in Indonesia, and up to half a million native Dutch speakers may be living in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Cape Dutch dialects of Southern Africa have been standardised into Afrikaans, a mutually intelligible daughter language of Dutch which today is spoken to some degree by an estimated total of 15 to 23 million people in South Africa and Namibia.

Dutch is closely related to German and English and is said to be between them. Apart from not having undergone the High German consonant shift, Dutch—like English—has mostly abandoned the grammatical case system, is relatively unaffected by the Germanic umlaut, and has levelled much of its morphology. Dutch historically has three grammatical genders, but this distinction has far fewer grammatical consequences than in German. Dutch shares with German the use of subject–verb–object word order in main clauses and subject–object–verb in subordinate clauses. Dutch vocabulary is mostly Germanic and contains the same Germanic core as German and English, while incorporating more Romance loans than German and fewer than English.

Read more about Dutch LanguageNames, Classification, Geographic Distribution, History, Dialects, Sounds, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing System, Dutch As A Foreign Language

Other articles related to "dutch language, dutch, language":

Spanish Fury - See Also
... of military events in the Netherlands during 1572 nlBezettingen van 1572 on the Dutch language Wikipedia sister project nlBernard van Merode (1510-1591)— on the Dutch language Wikipedia sister project St ... of an article 'Massacre of Zutphen', see nlBloedbad van Zutphen on the Dutch language Wikipedia sister project In absence of an article 'Massacre of Naarden', see nlBloedbad van ...
... Dutch profanity can be divided into several categories ... Often, the words used in profanity by speakers of Dutch are based around various names for diseases ... a substantial number of curse words in the Dutch language are references to sexual acts, genitalia, or bodily functions ...
Luc Cromheecke - Awards
... comic at the Angoulême International Comics Festival 2002 Best Author (Dutch language) at the Prix Saint-Michel, Brussels 2003 Best Youth Album (Dutch language) at the Prix Saint-Michel ...
Dutch Language - Dutch As A Foreign Language
... As a foreign language, Dutch is mainly taught in primary and secondary schools in areas adjacent to the Netherlands and Flanders ... Belgium, over 300,000 pupils are enrolled in Dutch courses, followed by over 20,000 in the German states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, and over 7,000 in ... Dutch is the obligatory medium of instruction in schools in Suriname, even for non-native speakers ...
Medieval Dutch Literature - Early Stages
... In the earliest stages of the Dutch language, a considerable degree of mutual intelligibility with some (what we now call) German dialects was present, and some fragments ... van Veldeke, who is claimed by both Dutch and German literature ... In the first stages of Dutch literature, poetry was the predominant form of literary expression ...

Famous quotes containing the words language and/or dutch:

    One who speaks a foreign language just a little takes more pleasure in it than one who speaks it well. Enjoyment belongs to those who know things halfway.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Too nice is neighbor’s fool.
    —Common Dutch saying, trans by Johanna C. Prins.