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"Is French a northern language?"

Translation:Onko ranska pohjoinen kieli?

July 1, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZacharyJean

This is a cultural question but what defines the concept of Northern? Is it just anything over a certain latitude in Europe? Is Canada and Greenland included when we talk of Northern?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ekhoc

Anything north of 60th maybe ?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateVbg

That is way too restrictive. But all criteria are subjective, one may even say everything in northern hemisphere is northern


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DJmatexx

How about everything more to the north than the viewpoint, so if we're in Finland, everything north from there


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaelickClaes

Without more contextual information I would define as Northern anything close or above the Arctic circle. That said I wouldn't consider French or English as northern languages even though they're spoken in Canada as they don't originate from there. I imagine Inuit languages could fit in the northern languages category.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ekhoc

That would leave large parts of the Nordics also outside.. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateVbg

Yeah, only Nenets and Saami, and Inuit would be northern languages by such definition lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kilkutin

Shouldn't it be "pohjoismainen kieli"? Not "pohjoinen kieli"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Boarcas

No, that would be Nordic. Northern just refers to north, from some point of view.

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