West Flemish

West Flemish

name=West Flemish
region=West Flanders
speakers=~1.06 million speakers
fam3=West Germanic
fam4=Low Franconian

West Flemish (West Flemish: "Vlaemsch/Vlaams", Dutch: "West-Vlaams", French: "Flamand occidental") is a group of Dutch dialects spoken in parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

West Flemish is spoken by around 1.05 million people in West Flanders (in Belgium), 90,000 in the neighboring Dutch coastal district of Zeelandic Flanders, and approximately 20,000 in the northern part of the French "département" of Nord where it is classified, as a recognized dialect of Dutch, as one of the languages of France .

The dialects of the Dutch province of Zeeland, Zeelandic, are sometimes also included in West Flemish although this classification is controversial. The dialects of Zeelandic Flanders however "do" count as West Flemish variants. In fact, both dialects are linked by a dialect continuum which proceeds further north into Hollandic.

See also

* French Flemish
* Flemish dialects
* Flemish people - i.e. "Flemings"

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=vls Ethnologue report for Vlaams]
* [http://www.uoc.es/euromosaic/web/document/neerlandes/an/i1/i1.html Euromosaic report on West Flemish (thus Dutch) in France]

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