Bala Verde said:I thought that people in 'de kempen' actually spoke 'Limburgs', but my Belgian geography is a little off. So I am unsure if it's in/near the (Belgian) province of Limburg, which together with the dutch province of Limburg once formed a mighty Duchy of Limburg and home to Limburger cheese (amongst other delicacies)
According to Wikipedia:
Given that perhaps only the provinces of Oost and West Vlaanderen could flood (?), due to its close proximity to the coast, it might be true that 'true' Flandriens had to come from those 2 regions only.
So I wikipedia-ed on and I found that:
If we go with the geographic denomination originally considered "Flanders", then everyone from the Dutch, Belgian and French parts of the county should technically be called Flandrien, right?
Flemish, IMO, seems much more of a linguistic denomination, and covers more people/provinces, depending on the language they speak. So Belgians from the province of Antwerpen (born and raised) and who speak Flemish would be considered Flemish, as opposed to those from the Province of Limburg/Brabant, who would be called Limburgers, or Brabanders.
But I could be wrong.
you're wrong, people from West and East-Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, Flemish-Brabant are considered Flemish thesedays
Brabant used to be what is now the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Wallonian Brabant, Brussel and the dutch province North-Brabant. Can't speak for others but here in Antwerp nobody considers themselves a 'Brabander' but most of us consider themselves 'Flemish'