Middle Dutch

Middle Dutch is a collective name for a number of closely related West Germanic dialects whose ancestor was Old Dutch and was spoken and written between 1150 and 1500. The language served as a minority language in the Holy Roman Empire. Until the advent of Modern Dutch after 1500, there was no overarching standard language, but all dialects were mutually intelligible. During that period, a rich Medieval Dutch literature developed, which had not yet existed during Old Dutch. The various literary works of the time are often very readable for speakers of Modern Dutch since Dutch is a rather conservative language. Nonlinguists often refer to Middle Dutch as Diets.

Middle Dutch
dietsc, duutsch
Regionthe Low Countries
Eradeveloped into modern Dutch around 1500
Early forms
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-2dum
ISO 639-3dum
Glottologmidd1321
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