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Low German and Dutch (was Re: Aesthetics)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Sunday, October 21, 2007, 16:41

On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 14:18:45 +0200, Lars Finsen wrote:

> Northern dialects are interesting too, but in principle perhaps the > Low German ones are dialects of Dutch and not of German? Or perhaps > Dutch in principle is a dialect of German? There is a Dutch navy and > army, though...
Indeed, regarding structure and all, Low German is much closer to Dutch than to High German, and the German-Dutch border, while being a border between two different standard languages, is almost non-existing on the dialect level. That Dutch is considered a separate language, and Low German a dialect of German rather than Dutch, is due to the fact that it has its own literary standard, and indeed that there is a Dutch army and navy. BTW: The word _Dutch_ once meant 'German' (as it still does in _Pennsylvania Dutch_) and is a cognate of _Deutsch_ (which is ultimately from Germanic *theudiskaz 'of the people'). ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>