Credit: Alan Myers
In a recent article for The Atlantic, John McWhorter considers the differences between a language and a dialect, and how linguists might distinguish between them.
"It turns out that it’s impossible to determine precisely where one “language” leaves off and another begins."
"The serendipities of history chose one “dialect” as a standard and enshrined it on the page."
"Is a dialect, on some level, unsophisticated, as if it doesn’t have a literature because it is unsuited to extended thought and abstraction?"
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