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Dutch : biography of a language

Author: Roland Willemyns
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Willemyns
ISBN: 9780199858712 0199858713
OCLC Number: 781077652
Description: xviii, 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Who speaks Dutch and where? --
Old Dutch: its ancestors and contemporaries --
Middle Dutch: language and literature --
Early new Dutch "1500-1800" --
Reunion and secession: the nineteenth century --
The 20th century: the age of the standard language --
Colonial Dutch --
Afrikaans --
Progress or decay? The future development of Dutch --
Main sources and further reading.
Responsibility: Roland Willemyns.

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vivid and clear ... a wonderful book * Neder-L * This book drives home the sociohistorical complexity of the language [with] fascinating illustrations of questions of linguistic form * Kathryn Read more...

 
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