Daily Archives - Wednesday February 9th, 2011

February 2011

Language is a dialect with an army and a navy

Language is a dialect with an army and a navy... This colourful expression was reportedly heard by the Yiddish linguist Max Weinrich, from a member of the audience at one of his lectures. It draws attention to the often political factors which decide whether a dialect can be classed as a language. In fact, even though dialects are generally viewed as sub-languages, belonging to a larger language family, dialects and languages can be defined in such similar ways that [...]

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