moedertaal

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch moedertaal.

Noun[edit]

moedertaal (plural moedertale)

  1. mother tongue

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Compound of moeder (mother) +‎ taal (language). The sense “mother tongue” was initially only used as a genitival noun phrase moeders taal, moederstaal, whence moerstaal; spellings without interfix -s- become normal for this sense in the 18th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmu.dərˌtaːl/
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  • Hyphenation: moe‧der‧taal

Noun[edit]

moedertaal f (plural moedertalen, diminutive moedertaaltje n)

  1. mother tongue
    Synonym: moerstaal
  2. ancestral language (language that is the ancestor of another language)

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