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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.

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West Frisian
Westerlauwersk Frysk
Pronunciation[frisk], [ˈvɛstr̩ˌlɔuə(r)s(k) frisk]
Native toNetherlands
EthnicityWest Frisians
Native speakers
470,000 (2001 census)[1]
West Frisian
Official status
Official language in
Regulated byFryske Akademy
Language codes
ISO 639-1fy
ISO 639-2fry
ISO 639-3fry
ELPWest Frisian
Present-day distribution West Frisian languages, in the Netherlands
Frisian is classified as Vulnerable by the
UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
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A West Frisian speaker, recorded in the Netherlands.

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.[citation needed]