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The early form of Dutch was a set of Franconian dialects spoken by the Salian Franks in the fifth century, and thus, it has developed through Middle Dutch to Modern Dutch over the course of 15 centuries.
During that period, it forced Old Frisian back from the western coast to the north of the Low Countries, and influenced or even replaced Old Saxon spoken in the east (contiguous with the Low German area).
Hollands ("Hollandic"), West-Vlaams ("West Flemish"), Brabants ("Brabantian").
The Dutch language has been known under a variety of names.
Middle Dutch began in the late 11th century with the proliferation of a Medieval Dutch literature.