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    Communication Breakdown of Englishes

    English Language is said to be a dialect as it has varieties which are mutually intelligible with one another. But even when there is mutual intelligibility among them, sometimes some linguistic features posit threats to any form of communication breakdown(s).
    How would you cope with the communication breakdown if, one day you find yourself in a situation where both Englishes (yours and your interlocutor's) seem not to understand each other?

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    Re: Communication Breakdown of Englishes

    Quote Originally Posted by colene6 View Post
    The English language is said to be a dialect as it has varieties which are mutually intelligible with one another. But even when there is mutual intelligibility among them, sometimes some linguistic features posit threats to any form of communication breakdown(s).
    How would you cope with the communication breakdown if, one day, you find yourself in a situation where both Englishes forms of English (yours and your interlocutor's) seem not to understand be understood by each other?
    This happens quite frequently with me, as I am around people from different countries quite a bit. The way I handle this problem is to start asking what they mean.

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    Re: Communication Breakdown of Englishes

    Quote Originally Posted by colene6 View Post
    English Language is said to be a dialect
    The English language is not said to be a dialect. There are many varieties and dialects of English.

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    Re: Communication Breakdown of Englishes

    Quote Originally Posted by colene6 View Post
    English Language is said to be a dialect
    At best, it could be said that English was once a dialect - but that would take us back to the time when the Angles and the other tribes first arrived in the Isles. Just as Spanish, for example, was once a dialect of Latin.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Communication Breakdown of Englishes

    Not all variants and dialects are as mutually intelligible as you suggest.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Sep-2012 at 09:34.

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