Regional language varieties in the north of the Netherlands
Did you know?
There is a common misconception that languages stop at geographical borders, but this is rarely the case. For political reasons, we are often forced to pretend that geographically close language varieties differ greatly, but languages and dialects almost always gradually transition into each other’s areas.
In the Figure on the right side, for example, we can see the major language families in the Netherlands: Frisian in blue, Low Saxon in green, and Low Franconian in pink. When we sample these languages across the area, however, we see that our linguistic landscape is much more like a complex painting than a jigsaw puzzle. Move the slider and see for yourself!