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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?

  • 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
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    @LouisRhys is right. This is a linguistics question, not a history question. – T.E.D. May 21 '13 at 15:14
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    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