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 English Language Encyclopedia Article @ NaturalResearch.org (Natural Research)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The English language belongs to the western subbranch of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union (by 89% of schoolchildren), followed by French (32%), German (18%), and Spanish (8%).
Language death caused by English has been particularly pronounced in areas such as Australia and North America where speakers of indigenous languages have been displaced or absorbed by speakers of English in the process of colonisation.
www.naturalresearch.org /encyclopedia/English_language   (3396 words)

 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Dutch language
The Indo-European languages are a family of several hundred languages and dialects (443 according to the SIL estimate), including most of the major languages of Europe, as well as many in Southwest Asia, Central Asia and Southern Asia.
Standaardnederlands or Algemeen Nederlands ('Common Dutch', abbreviated to AN) is the standard language as taught in schools and used by authorities in the Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.
Dutch is one of the languages that have produced another language while still being a living language itself.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Dutch-language   (863 words)

 DUTCH LANGUAGE - LoveToKnow Article on DUTCH LANGUAGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The consonantal system of their language was in accordance with the other 1,0w-German dialects, which is proved by the remains we have in the glosses of the Lex Salica, for the greater part handed down in a bad condition.
Moreover, various words passed from the eastern languages into Dutch by the colonial and commercial connections, while at the same time many words were borrowed from Latin, the language of the learned people, especially in the 16th century, and from French, under the influence of the poetic clubs of the 17th and 18th centuries.
In Middle Dutch, the lengthening of the vowels was frequently indicated by e (before r sometimes by i, as in air); hence ml for d, oe for.
www.1911ency.org /D/DU/DUTCH_LANGUAGE.htm   (4744 words)

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