700,000 in Netherlands (2001). Population total all countries: 1,300,000.
Limburg Province, Maastricht, Heerlen, Roermond, Venlo. Also in Belgium, Germany.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Limburg Province (1996, Ratification Act, ECRML, No. 136), effective 1997.
A Rhenisch-Maas group of dialects, often combined with Cleves dialects (Kleverländisch) as Rheinmaasländisch. Limburgish straddles the border between, Low Franconian and Middle Franconian varieties. More-or-less mutually intelligible with Ripuarian dialects, but show fewer, High German shifts (2001 R. Hahn).