Dutch: Biography of a Language by Roland WillemynsDutch: Biography of a Language by Roland Willemyns

Dutch: Biography of a Language

byRoland Willemyns

Hardcover | March 1, 2013

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More than 22 million people speak Dutch-primarily in Holland, Belgium, Suriname, and the Antilles. This book offers a well-researched and highly readable survey of the language in all its historical, geographic, and social aspects. In addition to providing a general introduction to theevolution of Dutch, Willemyns pays special attention to oft-neglected topics, such as the question of whether Dutchmen and Flemings are separated by a common language, and the contentious matter of the spread of Dutch abroad through colonization, which led to "exotic" variations such as Afrikaans,pigeons, and creoles.Dutch: Biography of a Language will appeal to students of Dutch and general readers interested in the history of the language.

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

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Title:Dutch: Biography of a LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199858713

ISBN - 13:9780199858712

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Table of Contents

1. Who speaks Dutch and where?2. Old Dutch. Its Ancestors and Its Contemporaries3. Middle Dutch: Language and Literature4. Early New Dutch 1500-18005. Reunion and Secession: The Nineteenth Century6. Twentieth Century: The Age of the Standard Language7. Colonial Dutch8. Afrikaans9. Progress or Decay? The future development of Dutch10. Chapter Main Sources and Further Reading