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Frisian language at risk, says science academy

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KNAW urges more research investment in Netherlands’ official second language to help preserve cultural heritage

The current state of Frisistics—the study of Frisian language—in the Netherlands is worrying, according to a report from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). A decline in university programmes and a drop in the number of people studying Frisian, which holds official national language status in the Netherlands, have led to a fragile situation, the report concludes.

The report, led by philosopher and historian of science Keimpe Algra, emphasises the importance of a fully fledged Frisian undergraduate programme to preserve this unique cultural and linguistic heritage, and bring stability and visibility to this field.

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