Stellingwarfs dialect

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Stellingwarfs, Stellingwerf, Stellingwerfs
Native to Netherlands
Region Northeast, Stellingwerven region, Friesland province. Centers are Oosterwolde and Wolvega.
Official status
Official language in
Netherlands - Recognized by the government in 1996 as being part of Low Saxon [nds].[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 stl
Glottolog stel1238[2]

Stellingwarfs (Dutch: Stellingwerfs) is the form of Dutch Low Saxon spoken in Ooststellingwerf and Weststellingwerf in the Dutch province of Friesland, and also in Steenwijkerland and Westerveld in the Dutch province of Overijssel and Drenthe.

Stellingwarfs is easily intelligible for many Dutch people. There is modern literature in Stellingwarfs.

Like Het Bildt and Leeuwarden, Weststellingwerf and Ooststellingwerf are among the municipalities of Friesland where West Frisian is not spoken.

The language was identified by the government of the Netherlands in 1996 within Low Saxon.[1]

External links

  • Stichting Stellingwarver Schrieversronte
  • Alphabet and pronunciation


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Stellingwerfs". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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