Continental West Germanic Dialect Continuum

The Continental West Germanic Dialect Continuum. Today Dutch and German are thought of as distinct languages and justly so. But in actuality there was a fluent transition between what is considered Dutch and what is considered German today for most of history and in some places in the border area this still holds true today. In a sense the Northern German dialects and Dutch are more closely related to each other than either of these two to the southern German dialects.

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