Highlands & Lowlands: Language – The Frisian experience

Friesland (© Thomas)

The Frisian language is spoken by more than 300,000 native speakers in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. Although the language was never suppressed in the manner of Gaelic in Scotland or Catalan in Catalonia, what place does a small, minority language have in a world where even the more widely spoken Dutch is having to give way to major languages like English, French and German? 

“Highlands & Lowlands”: a comparative, six-part co-production from Radio Netherlands and BBC Scotland, looking a the lifestyles, histories, frontiers and languages of contemporary Holland and Scotland. 

Producer: Maggie Ayre

Broadcast: November 15, 1996