Official language in
|Netherlands Recognized in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxonian).|
Geographical location of Veluws (colour: light green) among the other minority and regional languages and dialects of the Benelux countries
Veluws is a Westphalian dialect which is spoken on the Veluwe. The language was recognized by the government of the Netherlands in 1996 (as being part of Low Saxonian).
Veluws is spoken in the Central Netherlands, in the Northwest of Gelderland.
Veluws is usually divided into two main dialects, West-Veluws (West Veluws) and Oost-Veluws (East Veluws), these two dialects are reasonably similar but differ in grammar. For example: in Oost-Veluws they say ie warkt/wärkt (you are working) and in West-Veluws jie warken/waarken (you are working).
West-Veluws is also more influenced by Dutch. The closer one gets to the border with Oost-Veluws, the result usually results in more the dialects differed from Standard Dutch. For example, in the central part where West-Veluws is spoken they say hie staot, in the North Western part they say hij steet compared to hij/hee stiet 'he is standing' in Oost-Veluws, this already has a more Low Saxon influence. Hattem, the North Eastern part where & when Oost-Veluws is spoken, it seems to "have" or in the direct mentioned, 'has a' Sallandic influence.