|Location point:||6dE 52d30N|
|Country:||Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, part of Belgium, Suriname|
|Official in:||Netherlands, part of Belgium, Suriname|
The name Dutch was apparently borrowed from Dutch Duits, which now means 'German', but a few centuries ago was still used as autonym for Dutch as well. [Reference needed]
An alternative name is
Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands Antilles and in Suriname.
The number of speakers is estimated at 21,400,000 (2007).
Works on the language
- Haeseryn, W. & K. Romijn, G. Geerts, J. de Rooij & M.C. van den Toorn (eds.). 1997. Algemene Nederlandse spraakkunst (ANS). 2nd edition. Groningen: Martinus Nijhoff.