Published December 12, 2019
This video was recorded by Daniel Bogre Udell in the Netherlands. Bildts is widely considered a dialect of Dutch hybridized with West Frisian, and regional to the province of Friesland. Some have argued that Bildts is a creole of Frisian on the basis that workers relocating from Holland, Zealand, and Brabant in 1505 who spoke Low Franconian dialects adopted many features of local Frisian, with a creole as the result. Glottolog places Bildts in the Stammbaum as a variety of South Hollandish, deriving from Central Northern Dutch. None of this is settled; regardless, Bildts is firmly established on the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Today Bildts is spoken in the towns of Sint Annaparochie, Sint Jacobiparochie, Vrouwenparochie, Oudebildtzijl, Westhoek, and Nij Altoenae and shared by an estimated 8,500 speakers, although official and reliable records are scarce. Like Stadsfries and other West Low Franconian dialects, Bildts has many commonalities with Old Dutch / Old Franconian and is more similar to Old Frisian than modern West Frisia. Bildts is spoken by around 8,500 people. As a Frisian creole, it is a West Germanic language within the Indo-European language family.Frisian is spoken by over 500,000 people. It is a West Germanic language within the Indo-European language family. Dutch is spoken by nearly 22 million people internationally. It is a Low Franconian (Frankish) language within the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family.