Criteria for languages?
cowan at ccil.org
Thu Dec 3 05:16:39 CET 2009
Randy Presuhn scripsit:
> How inclined are users of Latgalian to consider their language a
> variety of Latvian?
I'm willing to bet, sight unseen, that the question is extremely
> FWIW, though I am a native speaker of (North Central) American English,
> I understand neither of those varieties reliably.
I'm always surprised when people say this. Beyond vocubulary, I don't
have much problem with any accent of the standard dialect, though
varieties close to mine are certainly easier to understand in a noisy
channel or when the speaker is mumbling or murmuring.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
"The exception proves the rule." Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory." Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof." But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."
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