Aleco wrote:Okay. Truth be told, I've never been able to write that sound properly. The first element sounds like something between /e/ and /i/ to me
Shiba wrote:I'm not sure which part(s) of the Netherlands the Boere came from, actually, but I'm assuming it was southern, since Afrikaans is in some ways even nearer to Flemish than to Dutch, and it's pretty far from German (and East and North Frisian - not sure about West, don't know enough about it). Afrikaans has also been influenced quite a lot by French, though, but I can't speak French at all so I don't know how it influenced Afrikaans exactly. ^^;;
There may be a clue in the common Afrikaans surnames - we've got plenty of "Van"s - but I don't know the Netherlands (especially not the Netherlands of the 1600s and 1700s) well enough to make much of them. ^^;;
Shiba wrote:Hmm, I see. That's a pity. What about "Van der Merwe"? There are lot of those here. And a whole lot of "Botha"s.
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