Veluws dialect

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Native to Netherlands
Native speakers
(no estimate available)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vel
Glottolog velu1238[2]
Frans Nieuwenhuis (born 1936) sings in Veluws dialect.

Veluws is a Dutch Low Saxon dialect which is spoken on the Veluwe. Veluws is usually divided into two main dialects, West-Veluws (West Veluws) and Oost-Veluws (East Veluws), these two dialects are reasonably similar but differ in grammar. For example: in Oost-Veluws they say ie warkt/wärkt (you are working) and in West-Veluws jie warken/waarken (you are working).

West-Veluws is also more influenced by Dutch. The closer you get to the border with Oost-Veluws, the more the dialects differ from Standard Dutch. For example in the central part where West-Veluws is spoken they say hie staot, in the North Western part they say hij steet compared to hij/hee stiet (he is standing) in Oost-Veluws, this already has a more Low Saxon influence. Hattem, the North Eastern part where Oost-Veluws is spoken has a heavy Sallandic influence.

Geographical location of Veluws (colour: light green) among the other minority and regional languages and dialects of the Benelux countries

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Veluws at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Veluws". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.