Taalboekprijs for ‘biography of Dutch’



The prize for best language book of the year goes to 15 centuries of the Dutch language from Nicoline van der Sijs. According to the jury of the Taalboekprijs, this ‘biography of Dutch’ is a pleasure for both enthusiasts and connoisseurs to read and the layman can also enjoy it a lot.

15 centuries of the Dutch language describes how the language of the Low Countries originated from Indo-European and developed into contemporary Dutch. The author, etymologist Van der Sijs, is professor of historical Dutch linguistics in Nijmegen.

The jury, led by writer Nelleke Noordervliet, praises the book for its vision, thoroughness and accessibility. “Despite the many details and information, it never loses sight of the great story of the language.”

3000 euros

The prize was awarded in the program The Language State on NPO Radio 1. Six books were nominated. Winner Van der Sijs will receive 3000 euros, among other things.

It was the second presentation of the Language Book Award. This initiative of the Genootschap Onze Taal, the Dutch-Flemish cooperation organization ANV and the newspaper Trouw is intended to reward a book about language that is not only suitable for a wide audience, but is also original, well-written and linguistically relevant.