dialectal diversity in English
|From:||Daniel Ryan Prohaska <daniel@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 8:17|
> The dialects from South Carolina are closer to being a seperate
> language than are the ones from West Virginia. :)
I would never consider any of the American spoken varieties to be any
thing approaching separate languages, not even some of the more
conservative Appalachian varieties. As far as I can tell, American
dialcets are all still fairly close to, well not exactly standard
English, but some kind of "general" English. Only the phonology and
vocab. Varies to certain extent.
In England English dialects can be radically different from the
standard. I'd still call them dialects as opposed to languages, but they
is (or rather was, as the dialcts are dying out rapidly) much more
dialectal diversity in England than in the US and Canad put together (in
the English language that is).
I consider Scots to be a separate language.