West Flemish

West Flemish (Dutch: West-Vlaams, French: flamand occidental) is a dialect group of Dutch spoken in parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

West Flemish is spoken by around 1.05 million people in West Flanders (in Belgium), 90,000 in the neighbouring Dutch coastal district of Zeelandic Flanders, and approximately 20,000 in the northern part of the French département of Nord where it is classified, as a recognized dialect of Dutch, as one of the languages of France. Some of the main cities where West Flemish is widely spoken include Bruges, Kortrijk, Ostend, Roeselare and Ypres.

The dialects of the rest of the Dutch province of Zeeland, Zeelandic, are sometimes also included in West Flemish although this classification is controversial. The dialects of Zeelandic Flanders however do count as West and East Flemish variants. In fact, both dialects are linked by a dialect continuum which proceeds further north into Hollandic.

West Flemish is listed as a "vulnerable" language in UNESCO's online Red Book of Endangered Languages.

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Dutch dialects
  • Languages of the Netherlands
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"Dutch Low Saxon"
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  • Gronings
West Low Franconian
  • West Flemish
    French Flemish)
  • East Flemish
  • Zeelandic
  • Hollandic
  • Brabantine
  • South Guelderish
  • Surinamese Dutch
  • Jersey Dutch
  • Stadsfries
East Low Franconian
  • Limburgian
  • Southeast Limburgian
    Aachen dialect /
    Eschweiler dialect)
  • Low Dietsch
Low German
  • East Frisian
  • Westphalian

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