[Ltru] Alemanic & Swiss German
cowan at ccil.org
Mon Dec 4 20:13:23 CET 2006
Martin Duerst scripsit:
> I don't know what exactly are the criteria for labeling
> something a 'language' in Ethnologue or iso-639-1/2/3.
* Two related varieties are normally considered varieties of the
same language if speakers of each variety have inherent understanding
of the other variety at a functional level (that is, can understand
based on knowledge of their own variety without needing to learn
the other variety).
* Where spoken intelligibility between varieties is marginal, the
existence of a common literature or of a common ethnolinguistic
identity with a central variety that both understand can be a strong
indicator that they should nevertheless be considered varieties of
the same language.
* Where there is enough intelligibility between varieties to
enable communication, the existence of well-established distinct
ethnolinguistic identities can be a strong indicator that they should
nevertheless be considered to be different languages.
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and man and metre.
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