Gormur wrote:Dutch vs. Frisian
What is the difference, and is Frisian a seperate language or a mere dialect of Dutch? I know I'm going to start a war with this one...
I'm just curious as to the differences, since I am not familiar enough to notice them.
Anonymous wrote:No guys...I wasn't talking about Flemish; just about Frisian. I have seen plenty of Frisian debates...and this is what confuses me...
Each 'dialect' of Frisian is different and has its own unique sound system, right? E.g. I've heard that North Frisian is highly influenced by Low German and Danish, West Frisian by Dutch (and English), and East Frisian claims to be the most 'pure' form of the original language, as it's spoken in rural districts and is more isolated from outside influences. The problem is that I've heard some people refer to West Frisian as a dialect of Dutch, since so many words are now borrowed from Dutch. To further complicate matters, older speakers (50+) use a different vocabulary (less Dutch) than the younger generations, who now use many Dutch and English words. Perhaps there is no simple answer to this question...
Ron de Leeuw, Cave Canem wrote:I would like to see a source for that 'Gast' (I'm so glad guest postings aren't allowed anymore)
Btw. The islands Texel and Vlieland are marked with the number 5. The island Vlieland belongs to the province Fryslân. Actually the islands Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schermonnikoog belongs to the province Fryslân.
Texel belongs to Noord-Holland and the tiny islands Rottumerplaat and rottermeroog belongs to the province Groningen.
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