Post by DKleinecke Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Dingbat
Other tongues: the stunning lingual diversity of India
A wealth of linguistic richness exists outside what are called the official languages of India ...
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I say: I have read that Indonesia has even more languages than India, many
spoken by just one village or just one tribe.
"A language" is a political, not a linguistic, notion.
It's easy to hear other languages than English - many of
them - spoken in the US.
This morning I went to a talk by John Bailyn (Stony Brook) in which he mentioned
this article of his in which he statistically investigated the "differences"
between "Serbian" and "Croatian," indubitably two languages (because their
governments say so) that are indistinguishable. Unfortunately the article doesn't
happen to be freely available:
"To what degree are Croatian and Serbian the same language?: Evidence from a translation study"
JF Bailyn - Journal of Slavic Linguistics, 2010 - muse.jhu.edu
This article reports on the results of an experimental translation study conducted in 2008 in
which 16 adult native speakers of the Croatian variant of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS)
were asked to translate nine texts from the Serbian BCS variant into their native Croatian