Een inleiding tot de sociolinguïstische geschiedenis van het Nederlands in vroegmodern Groot-Brittannië | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 65, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0039-8691
  • E-ISSN: 2215-1214


This article provides an initial overview of a subject which has to date received litttle academic attention: the use of Dutch in early modern Britain. The picture that emerges is that the Dutch language was used in a variety of social contexts, including the church, work, the home and at court, in particular that of the Anglo-Dutch King, William III. Although for most of those who used the language in Britain Dutch was their mother tongue, there were also Britons who learnt the language, such as those who married Dutch-speakers; merchants who traded with the Dutch and other Britons; such as the famous scientist, Robert Hooke.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Dutch; early modern period; Great Britain; social domains; sociolinguistics
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