Paul Rakow paul.edward.luther.rakow at desy.de
Wed Sep 11 14:48:17 PDT 2013

  Otto <otto at schienke.com> wrote: 
> -There is no clear distinction between a language and a dialect.

    That reminded of a favourite quote,
   "A language is a dialect that has acquired an army and a navy".

      I looked to see where it came from - rather appropriately
  it was first said in Yiddish:
  "ikh vel aykh gebn a besere definitsye:
  A shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot"
  (as reported by Max Weinreich).

     The interesting thing is, if anyone who speaks German
  sounds out that Yiddish sentence, they'll understand it
  problemlos, which just illustrates the point.

               Paul Rakow

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