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New online platform for Frisian language and literature:

The Fryske Akademy and the editors of announce the launch of, a new online magazine devoted to Frisian language and literature. It will be an extension of the successful, a website that is a cross between a scientific journal and a knowledge website for the lay public. will go live on 6 October and, in addition to general articles on Frisian linguistics, history and literature, will also provide space for subjects such as Frisian in education and Frisian language policy, and the language and literature of the other Frisian languages, such as North Frisian and Saterland Frisian.


Wide reach

In recent years, articles about Frisian or Fryslân have regularly appeared on, written by researchers and professionals from the Frisian field. Now everyone can already find an answer there to questions such as what Crusader Kings III has to do with the history of Fryslân, whether Frisian children also use a Gooise R in their Dutch and how Dutch influences Frisian.  

It is not surprising that frisists like to share their knowledge via this platform, because with about 10,000 unique visitors per day and 3,500 followers on Facebook and almost 8,000 on X (formerly: Twitter), it has a large reach in the Netherlands and plays a connecting role in the field of linguistics and literature.


Own stage

To give Frisian language and literature a more prominent place on the website, a separate page will be set up under the umbrella of , which will be provided by the Fryske Akademy and welcomes contributions from anyone who is involved with Frisian studies.

Anne Merkuur, linguistic researcher at the Fryske Akademy, thinks it is very important to give frisistics this stage. “Inside and outside Friesland, so much research is being done into Frisian. It is important to present this not only within one's own discipline via scientific, international channels, but also on a local and national scale. An easy accessible platform such as offers space for the wonders and open ends of our profession and can connect us with each other. It is a way to present our work to each other, to the new generation of researchers and to a wider audience."


On Friday afternoon, October 6, from 3:00 PM, the website will be launched in Café Neushoorn in Leeuwarden. Marc van Oostendorp (professor at Radboud University Nijmegen, researcher at Meertens Institute and editor-in-chief of ) and Anne Merkuur (linguistic researcher at the Fryske Akademy and assistant professor at the University of Groningen) will then explain their further plans. Everyone is welcome, admission is free. You can register via an online form .