A Brief History of the Dutch Language
(J.M. van der Horst) The Low Countries - 1996, № 4, pp. 163-172
Reckoned by the number of people who speak it, Dutch is the third Germanic language. Compared with most of the world's languages the history of Dutch is very well documented, and for this reason it gained attention very early on in international linguistics. Outside linguistic circles, however, not much is known about Dutch, certainly far less than is known about the Netherlands and Belgium, the countries where Dutch is the standard language.
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