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LINGUIST List 24.1520

Thu Apr 04 2013

Books: Dutch: Willemyns (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Apr-2013
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: Dutch: Willemyns (Ed)
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Title: Dutch
Subtitle: Biography of a Language
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/TheoreticalDescriptiveLinguistic/?view=usa&ci=9780199858712

Editor: Roland Willemyns
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199858712 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 34.95
Abstract:

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 the borders of the Low Countries, particularly with French, Frisian, and German.

The first part of Dutch concentrates on the historical development of standard Dutch and its dialects. The second part focuses on contemporary Dutch, including its many dialects in Flanders and Holland (some of them on the verge of extinction). Willemyns pays special attention to important questions in the history of Dutch, particularly the contentious matter of the global spread of Dutch through colonization-which led to "exotic" variations such as Afrikaans, pidgins, and creoles-and whether Dutchmen and Flemings are "separated by the same language." His final chapter tries to shed some light on the future of Dutch, and the impact of such "new" varieties as Poldernederlands (in Holland) and Verkavelingsvlaams (in Flanders).

Placing the Dutch story in the context of other West-Germanic languages like German and English, Dutch: Biography of a Language is the only English language history of Dutch and will be sure to interest a global audience of students of Dutch, those of Dutch descent, and linguists and other scholars wishing to learn more about Dutch.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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