Re: [tied] Re: Franco-Provençal

From: Arnaud Fournet
Message: 63122
Date: 2009-02-18

> The issue is about the use and misuse of the word "language".

And it's the sort of argument that I expect to see among laymen,
not linguists. In the cases of interest the choice of 'dialect'
or 'language' is fundamentally a sociopolitical choice, not a
linguistic one. Picard, Veneto, and Schwiizertüütsch are what
they are, whether you call them languages or dialects of French,
Italian, and German, respectively.




This is about as stupid as claiming that a horse is not a horse because it's
gray instead of black.

There exists objective reasons to describe varieties as dialects or separate