West Frisian language
West Germanic language spoken in Friesland / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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West Frisian, or simply Frisian (West Frisian: Frysk [frisk] or Westerlauwersk Frysk; Dutch: Fries [fris], also Westerlauwers Fries), is a West Germanic language spoken mostly in the province of Friesland (Fryslân) in the north of the Netherlands, mostly by those of Frisian ancestry. It is the most widely spoken of the Frisian languages.
West Germanic language spoken in Friesland
|Pronunciation||[frisk], [ˈvɛstr̩ˌlɔuə(r)s(k) frisk]|
|470,000 (2001 census)|
Official language in
|Regulated by||Fryske Akademy|
Present-day distribution West Frisian languages, in the Netherlands
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In the study of the evolution of English, West Frisian is notable as being the most closely related foreign tongue to the various dialects of Old English spoken across the Heptarchy, these being part of the Anglo-Frisian branch of the West Germanic family.