Dictionary shows foreign input

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27 July 2005, UTRECHT – The word 'japon' comes from Japanese. 'Sauna' was borrowed from the Finnish. And 'bazaar' is of Persian origin.

27 July 2005

UTRECHT – The word 'japon' comes from Japanese. 'Sauna' was borrowed from the Finnish. And 'bazaar' is of Persian origin.

The Van Dale Groot Leenwoordenboek, published this week, shows that for centuries the Dutch language has practiced a generous 'admissions policy' for foreign words.

Besides being a reference work, the new dictionary is also a language book, a history book and an interesting read. For each foreign language, Nicoline van der Sijs describes the contact between the Dutch and speakers of that language and gives examples of borrowed words, down to the English ones Dutch rappers like Def P use in their lyrics.

Many sport and computer-game words come from the Japanese.

From the Surinamese language, standard Dutch tends to borrow names of foods, such as bojo, roti and tajer.

Over the years the Netherlands has followed a different policy than France, where foreign words are officially not welcome. In Iceland, as well, an Icelandic word is coined for every new concept.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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