Achterhooks dialect

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Aachterhoeks, Achterhoek
Native to Netherlands
Region Achterhoek
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Official status
Official language in

 The Netherlands

- Recognized by the government in 1996 (being part of Low Saxonian).[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 act
Glottolog acht1238[2]

Achterhooks (Dutch: Achterhoeks, Dutch Low Saxon: Achterhooks) is a Dutch Low Saxon dialect spoken in Gelderland.

Geographic distribution[edit]

The Achterhooks language is spoken in the Netherlands in western Europe, Northeast, with speakers concentrated in Gelderland Province.[3]

Official status[edit]

The language was recognized by the government of the Netherlands in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxonian).[4]

Current status[edit]

The speech variety has had some growth and development, with Bible portions translated in 2002. [5]


It is not well defined what constitutes a language versus a dialect, but Achterhooks is generally considered to be a dialect of Low Saxon, classified Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon.[6]


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  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Achterhoeks". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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