- West Flemish
speakers=~1.06 million speakers
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 continuumwhich proceeds further north into Hollandic.
* Flemish dialects
Flemish people- i.e. "Flemings"
* [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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