Dutch ( Nederlands [ˈneːdərlɑnts] ( listen)) is a West Germanic language spoken by about 25 million people as a first language  and 5 million as a second language. It is the third most widely spoken Germanic language, after its close relatives German and English.
- Indo-European, GermanicWest GermanicWeser-Rhine GermanicLow Franconian (Frankish)Dutch
- Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Indonesia and South Africa
- 25 million (2021), Total (L1 plus L2 speakers): 30 million (2021)
- Latin (Dutch alphabet), Dutch Braille
Die niederländische Sprache (niederländisch Nederlandse taal ), kurz Niederländisch (Aussprache: Nederlands?/i ), ist eine westgermanische Sprache, die weltweit etwa 24 Millionen Menschen als Muttersprache dient.  Ihr Sprachraum umfasst die Niederlande, Belgien, Suriname, Aruba, Sint Maarten und Curaçao.
- Niederlande, Belgien, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao Curaçao, Sint Maarten
- 24 Millionen (geschätzt)
- Indogermanische Sprachen, Germanische Sprachen, Westgermanische Sprachen, Niederländisch
Dutch (Dutch: Nederlands) is a West Germanic language. It comes from the Netherlands and is the country's official language .  It is also spoken in the northern half of Belgium (the region called Flanders ), and in the South American country of Suriname .
- 22 million (2016), Total (L1 plus L2 speakers): 28 million (2018)
- Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname;, also in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, French Flanders
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- Relation to The Germanic Languages Group
- West Germanic
- Frankish Language
- Old Dutch
- Middle Dutch
- Standardization and Modern Dutch
- Development of Germanic Sounds
Within the Indo-European language tree, Dutch is grouped within the Germanic languages, which means it shares a common ancestor with languages such as English, German, and Scandinavian languages. This common, but not direct, ancestor (proto-language) of all contemporary Germanic languages is called Proto-Germanic, commonly assumed to have originate...
From the time of their earliest attestation, the Germanic dialects were divided into three groups, West, East, and North Germanic. Their exact relation is difficult to determine from the sparse evidence of runic inscriptions, and they remained mutually intelligible to some degree throughout the Migration Period. This means some individual dialects ...
The Frankish language, also Old Frankish was the language of the Franks. Classified as a West Germanic language, it was spoken in areas covering modern France, Germany, and the Low Countries in Merovingian times, preceding the 6th/7th century. The Franks first established themselves in the Netherlands and Flanders before they started to fight their...
Old Dutch is the language ancestral to the Low Franconian languages, including Dutch itself. It was spoken between the 6th and 11th centuries, continuing the earlier Old Frankish language. It did not participate in the High German Consonant Shift. In this period a perfect dialect continuumremained between Franconian and Saxon areas, as well as betw...
Linguistically speaking, Middle Dutch is a collective name for closely related dialects which were spoken and written between about 1150 and 1550 in the present-day Dutch-speaking region. There was at that time as yet no overarching standard language, but they were all probably mutually intelligible. In historic literature Diets and Middle Dutch (M...
A process of standardization started in the Middle Ages, especially under the influence of the Burgundian Ducal Court in Dijon (Brussels after 1477). The dialects of Flanders and Brabant were the most influential around this time. The process of standardization became much stronger in the 16th century, mainly based on the urban Brabantic dialect of...
Linguistically speaking, Dutch has evolved little since the late 16th century; differences in speech are considered to be negligible, especially when comparing the older form with modern regional accents. Grammar has been somewhat simplified, but a great deal of the grammar lost in contemporary Dutch is preserved in many much-used expressionsdating...
The Dutch Wikipedia ( Dutch: Nederlandstalige Wikipedia) is the Dutch-language edition of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. It was founded on 19 June 2001. As of March 2023, the Dutch Wikipedia is the sixth-largest Wikipedia edition, with 2,118,730 articles.
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, spoken by almost all people in the Netherlands. Dutch is also spoken and official in Aruba, Bonaire, Belgium, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Suriname.