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    Hi, I want u to tell me the difference between a dialect and a language

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi, I want u to tell me the difference between a dialect and a language
    For example, English is a language and it has several varieties, or dialects.

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    Generally, if people can understand each other using their own speech, they are using the same language (UK, US, Canada) even though they may have different styles, different vocabularies, different accents and pronunciations.

    If two dialects become so different they can no longer understand each other without special training or a few years of practice, they are now considered different languages (Cantonese, Mandarin).

    If two dialects, however, have different political allegiance or a different religion, they are also often considered different languages (Serbian/ Croatian, Taiwanese/ Fujianese, Hindi/ Punjabi / Urdu) even though people can understand each other.

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