|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). [Reference: http://taalunieversum.org/taal/vragen/antwoord/4/]
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.