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|Description ||Large glacial erratic called "De Groote Steen" near Hambergen. Its size is concealed because of the bramble overgrowth.|
|German? Sounds very Dutch to me! Or is this border dialect - I see it's N from Bremen.|
|The correct term is "Plat Deutsch" in the Ost Friesland Area. if there was a West Friesland, it would then be in Holland.|
|Actually, it's in the local dialect of Low German (spelt "Plattdeutsch" in High German here and simply "Platt" by those who speak it - meaning flat or low - which also describes the countryside, rather boring for somebody like me from Cape Town), is indeed sort of similar to Dutch, and consist of many variants depending on the area - my aunt once said she can tell if somebody is from a village only 20 km or so away. Few people, apart from farming folk, speak it fluently on a daily basis nowadays, at least here around Bremen.
About West Friesland - isn´t the area in the Netherlands near the German border (e.g. Groningen) called "Fryslan" or something similar?|
|Would this have been the area known as Batavia to the Romans? Fryslan... Flemish? Not sure.|
|No, the Roman province of Batavia was around the Rhine delta (out Utrecht / Nijmegen way). Checked on Fryslan, it is indeed Frisian in the north-east of the Netherlands, there's a radio station if you´re interested (http://www.omropfryslan.nl/): "Omrop Fryslân works and broadcasts in the Frisian language. The Frisian language is the second official language of The Netherlands and spoken by app. 400.000 people."|
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