North Wind and the Sun in Dutch.

Dutch is a Westgermanic Indo-European language spoken by about 23 million speakers in the Netherlands and the northern part of Belgium (Flanders). In addition, Dutch is the official language of the Republic of Surinam, the Leeward islands of the Dutch Antilles, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Dutch emerged as the standard language of the Netherlands in the 17th century from the Holland and Brabantine dialects. The characteristics of modern standard Dutch are quite homogeneous, although regional differences in pronunciation have to be recognized. Matters of linguistic policy in the Netherlands are the responsibility of the Dutch Language Union which is an intergovernmental institution founded in 1980 in order to promote the integration of Dutch language and literature in the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking community in Belgium (Flanders). It co-ordinates policies regarding Dutch spelling, grammar, dictionaries, termonology, the teaching of Dutch as a foreign language and literature.

The recording below illustrates the Netherlandic variety. The recording was made in the University of Edinburgh Phonetics laboratory in the 1950s. The speaker is unknown.

 • Recording.  

  • Dutch from Netherlands
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The recording date is unknown.

• References.  

  Transcription • 

The transcription below was taken from the The Principles of the International Phonetic Association being a description of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the manner of using it, illustrated by texts in 51 languages. 1949. London: IPA. pp. 25-26. The transcription below is not a transcription of this specific recording.

Gussenhoven, Carlos (1999). "Dutch". Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A Guide to the usage of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 74–77.

Verhoeven, Jo (2005). Belgian Standard Dutch. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 35/2, pp. 243-247.

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