Middle Dutch


  • Language: Middle Dutch
  • Alternate names: Diets, Middelnederlands
  • Language code:
  • Language family: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian
  • Number of speakers: Extinct
  • Script: Latin script


Middle Dutch is a collective name for a number of closely related West Germanic dialects (whose ancestor was Old Dutch) which were spoken and written between 1150 and 1500. There was at that time as yet no overarching standard language, but they were all mutually intelligible.

The Old Dutch verb

Sample verb: keren

Present Preterite Present Preterite
Sg.1 kere keerde kere keerde -
Sg.2 keers keerdes keers keerdes keer! / kere!
Sg.3 kert keerde kere keerde -
Pl.1 keren keerden keren keerden -
Pl.2 keret keerdet keret keerdet keert! / keret!
Pl.3 keren keerden keren keerden -

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