Limburgish is a member of the East Low Franconian group of the Germanic languages. It is spoken by about 1.6 million people in Limburg in the Netherlands, and in Limburg and northeast Liege in Belgium. There are also Limburgish speakers in Rhineland in Germany.
Limburgish is considered a variety of German or Dutch by many people, and has much in common with these languages. Limburgish speakers often call their language plat (flat/slang), which is related to the flat plains of the area where it's spoken, and is also associated with the Dutch word platteland (countryside).
There are many varities of Limburgish and no standard written form, although a standard known as Algemein Gesjreve Limburgs (AGL) (Generally Written Limburgish) was developed during the 1990s. This was not generally supported. The Limburgish Language Council adopted a standard orthography for Limgurgish in 2003 and is using it in dictionaries. There is in fact little written in Limburgish.
Limburgish has been officially recognised by the regional government of Wallonia in Belgium since 1990, and has been recognised as a regional language by the Dutch government since 1997. However, it is not recognised by the governments of Belgium or Germany.
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Limbörgs is ’n Wes-Germaonse spraok, die door mie es ei miljoen lui gesproke weurt. Zien kortsbijstaonde spraoke zien Hollands, Duits en Ingels. Geografisch strèk de Limbörgse spraok z’ch oet euver ’t grensgebeed van westelek Belsj, zuid-oostelik Nederland en e klei gedeilte vaan aonpaolend Duitsland. Frans-praotend Belsj ligk in ’t zuie. Limbörgs bevint z’ch daomèt op ’t kruuspunt vaan de groete Germaonse en Romaonse culture. In de jaore 1990 heet de Nederlandse regering zoe wie de Belsj regionaol regering vaan ’t Waoleland polletiek en juridisch Limbörgs es apaarte spraok erkind.
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