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The Dutch dialects spoken in Belgium and the Netherlands are diverse, but if a general statement can be made, which, as spoken today, is closer to the root of the language?

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We could need a netherlands tag? –  Elrond May 21 '13 at 9:32
    
@Elrond, Added. –  Russell May 21 '13 at 10:31
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maybe linguistics.stackexchange.com ? –  Louis Rhys May 21 '13 at 15:04
    
@LouisRhys is right. This is a linguistics question, not a history question. –  T.E.D. May 21 '13 at 15:14
    
If Dutch is anything like English, no dialect is closer to the common root of the language. All of them have gone through various changes to get where they are today. –  Joe May 21 '13 at 16:35
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closed as off topic by choster, American Luke, Mark C. Wallace, Steven Drennon May 22 '13 at 1:37

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