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Introducing the Netherlands: Linguistic Landscapes in the Low Countries *

A free lecture by Professor Sjaak Kroon of the Department of Culture Studies about languages diversity in the Netherlands. Learn more about the regional dialects and the influence of internationalization and migration on language diversity. (language: English)

Program information
Date Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time 13:00- 14:00 (12:45 welcome with coffee and tea)
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Admission Free (no registration required)
Speaker Sjaak Kroon
Organization I*ESN in cooperation with Academic Forum
Contact Annelieke Koster
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate

Linguistic diversity in the Netherlands

As the name suggests, one might not expect many Dutch mountains in the Netherlands. People might even think of this part of Europe as being rather boring because of its flatness. These same people might be astonished when having a look at the linguistic landscape of the country. Not only is it characterized, historically speaking, by a large number of different regional dialects that ultimately played a role in the emergence of what is now referred to as Standard Dutch as codified in an official dictionary, grammar and orthography. As a consequence of internationalization and migration movements mainly, leading to the Dutch super-diverse society as we know it today, also quite a number of other languages have become part and parcel of the Dutch linguistic landscape. In my talk I will go into a number of different aspects of linguistic diversity in the Netherlands. In doing so, one of my main foci will be the visibility of language diversity in the public sphere in times of globalization.

Introducing the Netherlands

This lecture is part of a series which will tell you everything about The Netherlands! The event is open to all students, faculty members and others.

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When: 17 April 2018 13:00

End date: 17 April 2018 14:00