Veluws dialect

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Native to Netherlands
Official status
Official language in


Recognized in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxonian).[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vel
Glottolog velu1238[2]
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Geographical location of Veluws (colour: light green) among the other minority and regional languages and dialects of the Benelux countries

Veluws is a Dutch Low Saxon dialect which is spoken on the Veluwe.

Geographic distribution[edit]

Veluws is spoken in the Central Netherlands, in the Northwest of Gelderland.

Official status[edit]

The language was recognized by the government of the Netherlands in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxonian).[1]


Frans Nieuwenhuis (born 1936) sings in Veluws dialect.

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).

Lexical similarities[edit]

West-Veluws is also more influenced by Dutch. The closer one gets 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.


It is not well defined what constitutes a language versus a dialect, but Veluws is generally considered to be a dialect of Low Saxon, classified Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Veluws". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.