The subscriptions are now open for the event Entrepreneurship in Flanders, which will take place on the 27th of October in Ghent. You may have heard of Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) but you wonder what this exactly implies and it can do for you.The 6 KETs are: micro-and nanoelectronics, photonics, nanotechnology, industrial…This resulted among other things in the partial participation of Eastern Low Franconian in the High German consonant shift in the 10th and especially the 11th century, which makes the Limburgish-speaking area also part of the so-called Rhenish fan.It is especially this trait which distinguishes Limburgish from Western Low Franconian.This plat refers simply to the fact that the language is spoken in the low plains country, as opposed to the use of High in High German languages, which are derived from dialects spoken in the more mountainous southerly regions.
It shares many characteristics with both German and Dutch and is often considered as a variant of one of these languages (see also Dachsprache).
In Dutch the word "plat" means "flat", but also refers to the way a language is spoken: "plat" means "slang" in that case.
Except for the Southeast Limburgish dialect, Modern Limburgish descends from some of the dialects that formed the offspring of Old Dutch in the Early Middle Ages, its history being at least as long as that of other Low Franconian languages, of which some eventually yielded Standard Dutch.
The general Dutch term for the language of ordinary people in former ages was Dietsch or Duutsch, as it still exists in the term Low Dietsch (Plattdütsch).
This term is originally derived from Proto-Germanic "þiudiskaz", meaning "of the people" (this word has also been preserved in the Italian word for German, which is "Tedesco", and the English word "Dutch").