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What’s a Language, Anyway? The difference between a language and a dialect - The Atlantic

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When does a dialect stops being subordinate to another one and is considered its own language? What criteria are used to separate the two?

Here's a very interesting article by The Atlantic that bring us some insight. While the conclusion is rather open, it's still worth a read to broaden a bit our understanding in the matter and to realize it's really not as clear cut as it might seem to most who are not linguists.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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It says in the article that Frisian is English's closest relative. Funny how people forget easily about Scots :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceJoyPancakes

That begs the question of the article, really. Dialect or language? But Frisian appears to be a group of closely related languages (dialects?) akin to the Anglic group – and the Anglic group is also known as the English language group, and actually contains Scots, whether or not you call Scots a language as opposed to a dialect.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Interesting read! I knew the Scandinavian tongues were close but not that closely related... That's very cool. I still want to do each tree at one point though (working on Swedish tree now).

2 years ago