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Dutch: Biography of a Language [NOOK Book]

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More than 22 million people speak Dutch-primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, and the Antilles. Roland Willemyns here offers a well-researched and highly readable survey of the Dutch language in all its historical, geographic, and social aspects.
Willemyns tells a story of language contact and conflict. From its earliest days, Dutch has been in intense contact with other languages both within and outside the borders of the Low ...
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Dutch: Biography of a Language

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Overview

More than 22 million people speak Dutch-primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, and the Antilles. Roland Willemyns here offers a well-researched and highly readable survey of the Dutch language in all its historical, geographic, and social aspects.
Willemyns tells a story of language contact and conflict. From its earliest days, Dutch has been in intense contact with other languages both within and outside the borders of the Low Countries, particularly with French, Frisian, and German.
The first part of Dutch concentrates on the historical development of standard Dutch and its dialects. The second part focuses on contemporary Dutch, including its many dialects in Flanders and Holland (some of them on the verge of extinction). Willemyns pays special attention to important questions in the history of Dutch, particularly the contentious matter of the global spread of Dutch through colonization-which led to "exotic" variations such as Afrikaans, pidgins, and creoles-and whether Dutchmen and Flemings are "separated by the same language." His final chapter tries to shed some light on the future of Dutch, and the impact of such "new" varieties as Poldernederlands (in Holland) and Verkavelingsvlaams (in Flanders).
Placing the Dutch story in the context of other West-Germanic languages like German and English, Dutch: Biography of a Language is the only English language history of Dutch and will be sure to interest a global audience of students of Dutch, those of Dutch descent, and linguists and other scholars wishing to learn more about Dutch.
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"Willemyns has splendidly packed a great deal of fascinating material into 260 pages of this highly readable and comprehensive survey of a language that certainly does not qualify as one of the major European tongues. " —Nurturing Potential
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199323661
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author

Roland Willemyns is Emeritus Professor of Dutch Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit Brussels

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Who speaks Dutch and where?
Chapter Two: Old Dutch. Its Ancestors and Its Contemporaries
Chapter Three: Middle Dutch: Language and Literature
Chapter Four: Early New Dutch 1500-1800
Chapter Five: Reunion and Secession: The Nineteenth Century
Chapter Six: Twentieth Century: The Age of the Standard Language
Chapter Seven: Colonial Dutch
Chapter Eight: Afrikaans
Chapter Nine: Progress or Decay? The future development of Dutch
Chapter Ten: Chapter Main Sources and Further Reading

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