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Bring on the Language Police!

Words become outlawed, and people with different opinions soon accuse the other party of engaging in ‘framing’. Are the language police just round the corner?

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Janke is not a Yankee

Dutch has left traces in American English and even in other North-American languages. “Yankee” for instance is likely to have come from the Dutch double Christian name “Jan-Kees”. And read all about Santa Claus (Sinterklaas).

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Changing Times. Dutch Studies in the Twenty-First Century

Dutch studies is global: it is taught at some two hundred and twenty universities and institutes around the world. Collaboration in teaching and research is widely stimulated with the support of the International Association for Dutch Studies and the Dutch language Union.

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The Making of a Translator

Daniel Hugo, South African poet and translator, was allowed to go to Flanders in 1983 (during the heyday of apartheid) to study at the university of Leuven. He tells us all about “his” Low Countries.

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Twelve Languages, Thirteen Perspectives

The Flemish writer Tom Lanoye, a part-time inhabitant of the Cape for nearly twenty years, diagnoses South Africa. About Zuma, definitely not the new Mandela, the need of a different ANC and hope for –despite all the violence- a continuing, peaceful transition.

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What's in a Name? Changing Labels for the Dutch Language

One has good reasons to be confused by the names for the Dutch language, both in English and Dutch. The author brings some order in the confusion. You will learn here everything you always wanted to know about: “Diets”, “Nederduits”, “Nederlands”, “Vlaams”, “Hollands” and even “verkavelingsvlaams”, a kind of colloquial in-between language spoken in Flanders.

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Language Border

Belgian legislators fixed the language border in Belgium between Dutch and French in 1963. The border itself is of course much older than Belgium. The author thinks it is the task of all the Belgians to defend the language border in a friendly, democratic but decisive way. Because in Belgium, the language border is the foundation of the peace that all of the citizens want.

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A Biography of the Dutch Language

This new history of the Dutch language is required reading for students of Dutch not just in Anglophone countries but all over the world.

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Foreign Language Learning in the Low Countries

Due to changing social realities, the language landscape in the Low Countries has undergone rapid change. Increasing globalisation, explosive diversity and economic expectations all heighten the need to learn English as quickly as possible. The other languages are being pushed into a corner.

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Dutch and Other Languages in Seventeenth Century Britain and the Dutch Republic. Two Monographs by Christopher Joby

What we have before us here are two substantial scholarly monographs by one British academic, both focussing on the history of Dutch in contact with other languages, in the Dutch Republic of course, but especially also in early modern Britain. Both adopt the cultural-historical perspective on European multilingualism and combine this with an approach to historical, socio- and contact linguistics. And both remind us how near England has always been, in close contact and competition with the Low Countries.

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The Indo Author Tjalie Robinson. Pioneer of a Multiracial Identity in the American Sixties

While myriads of multiracial societies have developed throughout American history, it is generally assumed that the conscious framing of a mixed-racial American identity is a recent phenomenon that started in the late 1970s. It is not well-know that The American Tong Tong, founded in California in 1962 by the Dutch Eurasian ‘Indo’ writer Tjalie Robinson (1911-1974), was probably the first magazine in the United States to consciously advocate a multiracial identity. However, Robinson’s ambition to pass Indo culture and identity over to the next generation was largely abandoned by Indos in America. What remains is Robinson’s written legacy with a fascinating wealth of ideas about identity issues that only long after his death achieved prominence in Dutch and American society.

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Losing Terrain Yet Thriving. The Position and Status of Afrikaans Anno 2018 in South Africa

Although Afrikaans is South Africa’s third most spoken home language (after Zulu and Xhosa) and has been operating in a non-dominant juxtaposition with the nine other official indigenous languages since democracy in 1994, its position and de facto status are largely undervalued. Moreover, the language remains stigmatised in certain quarters owing to its association with the previous apartheid regime notwithstanding its inclusive profile with the majority of its speakers (both first and additional speakers) being non-white. Afrikaans is clearly at a crossroads, at a point where significant domain loss is impacting the vitality of the language and hence its status and position in society.

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