Distinguishing Greek and Greek
cowan at ccil.org
Fri Mar 18 04:33:45 CET 2005
Doug Ewell scripsit:
> But not a completely different language from "Greek," right? Because
> otherwise we should be looking for other ways to tag it.
The question of whether two language varieties are or are not
different languages doesn't have any definite answer: it depends on
your purpose. For example, Ethnologue (and thereby the ISO 639-3 draft)
treats modern standard Arabic as a distinct language from the various
Arabic colloquials; not surprising, given its propensity to splitting
(as opposed to lumping). Certainly it's closer to standardized demotic
Greek than to anything else.
> > (I actually read Jefsey's remark as meaning that the mailing list
> > had two Greek-speaking persons, and now 3 or 4!)
> You are right. I stand corrected.
Maybe not. I was just reporting my first impression, not correcting
you. In hindsight I think your interpretation is more likely.
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