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Survey 1: Emigrant Dutch

Dear participant,


Welcome to this first survey about 'Emigrant Dutch'. This survey is intended for all emigrated Dutch and Flemish people, and for everyone descending from Dutch or Flemish emigrants. The purpose of the survey is to map where native speakers of Dutch, or of a dialect or regional language that is spoken in the Netherlands or Flanders, live around the world; in which situations they use their mother tongue; and if and how they pass their mother tongue on to the next generation.       

            The survey is conducted by linguists of the Meertens Instituut (a research institute that studies and documents the Dutch language and culture), in cooperation with the Nederlandse Taalunie ('Dutch Language Union', the organisation in which the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname work together in the field of the Dutch language). More information about the project can be found on the project website Vertrokken Nederlands – Emigrant Dutch (http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/vertrokken-nederlands/) and via the Facebook Group Vertrokken Nederlands, of which everyone can become a member: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373691686482941/.

            We process your data anonymously and the information will only be used for scientific purposes. We do, however, ask you to fill in your e-mail address at the end of the survey, so that we can invite you for follow-up surveys in the future. If you wish, we can also send you intermediate summaries of our results.

            We very much appreciate your participation, and we hope that this survey will be completed by many emigrants. We are also looking for contributors who are willing to take the role of 'citizen scientist' and who want to build a network of emigrants on our behalf, in which the survey can be spread further, for example among the elderly who cannot easily access the Internet, or among adolescents who do not understand Dutch or only very poorly. If you, as a citizen scientist, would like to shape the research together with us, please send a message to the project leader Nicoline van der Sijs, e-mail address: post@nicolinevdsijs.nl. This e-mail address can also be used for other questions and comments.


With best regards, on behalf of the team of Emigrant Dutch,

Nicoline van der Sijs



It will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey.