Sallaans dialect

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Native to Netherlands
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sdz
Glottolog sall1238[1]

Sallaans (Dutch: Sallands) is a collective term for the Dutch Low Saxon dialects of the region Salland, in the eastern Netherlands. A common term used by native speakers for their dialect, which is also used by Low Saxon speakers from other regions for their respective dialects, is plat or simply dialect. Yet another common usage is to refer to the language by the name of the local variety, where for instance Dal(f)sens would be the name for the Sallaans variety spoken in the village of Dalfsen. Sallands is more influenced by the Hollandic dialects than Twents or Achterhoeks. This influence is known as the Hollandse expansie. For example, the word 'house' is hoes in Twente but huus in Salland. The Hollandic dialects of the 17th century still had uu sounds in their vocabulary, and these uu sounds came into Sallands.

Some examples

Present tense

Sallaans Dutch English
Ik loop(e) Ik loop I walk
Ie loopt Jij loopt You walk
Hee/hi'j / Zie/zi'j lup(t) Hij / Zij loopt He / she walks
Wie loopt / loop'n Wij lopen We walk
Jullie / Juulu loopt / loop'n Jullie lopen You walk (plural)
Zie loopt / loop'n Zij lopen They walk

Past tense

Sallaans Dutch English
Ik liepe Ik liep I walked
Ie liep'n Jij liep You walked
Hee / Zee liep Hij / Zij liep He / She walked
Wuu-lu liep'n Wij liepen We walked
Jullie / Juu-lu liep'n Jullie liepen You walked (plural)
Zie liep'n Zij liepen They walked

Plurals and diminutives

Sallaans Dutch English
eene komme een kom One bowl
twee komm'n twee kommen Two bowls
Sallaans Dutch English
een kömmegie een kommetje one little bowl
twee kömmegies twee kommetjes two little bowls


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sallands". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Further reading

  • Nijen Twilhaar, Jan (1999), "Deventer", in Kruijsen, Joep; van der Sijs, Nicoline (eds.), Honderd Jaar Stadstaal (PDF), Uitgeverij Contact, pp. 59–73

External links

  • The Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Zwolle variety of Sallaans
  • The same, from Deventer
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