Eastern Romance

Sep 9, 2010 by

In the previous several postings we examined in great detail languages and dialects of the Western Romance dialect continuum and touched on languages of the Southern Romance branch (e.g., Corsican). Today, we will look at the...

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Language or dialect?

Jun 25, 2010 by

In his comment to an earlier posting, Joel Hoffman said that “what seems like a dialect to one person might seem like a completely different language to another”. And this goes right to the core of why it’s so...

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Faroese

Jun 1, 2010 by

To continue with our Scandinavian theme, let’s look at another Scandinavian language today: Faroese. It is spoken by 48,000 people on Faroe Islands (formally, part of Denmark, but self-governing in most matters). Faroese is an...

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Languages of Norway

May 26, 2010 by

In addition to Sweden, whose languages have been the subject of the last two postings, I also visited Norway on my recent trip to Europe. So let’s look at some of the languages spoken there. We have already dealt extensively...

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