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date: 03 December 2023

Frisian language. 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

Frisian, which Frisian-speakers call Frysk, is the second language of the northern Netherlands and the closest living relative of English. In early modern Europe Frisian was spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland (the West Frisian dialect), in the north German states of Saterland and Niedersachsen (the East Frisian dialect), and in what were then the Danish territories of Schleswig (Danish Slesvig) and Holstein (the North Frisian dialect). Frisian survived in southern Denmark until the 1860s, and is still spoken in the Netherlands (where West Frisian has been influenced by Dutch) and in parts of northern Germany (where East Frisian has been influenced by German).... ...

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