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Re: Newest natlang?

From:René Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>
Date:Monday, September 29, 2008, 5:47
2008/9/29 Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>:
> > > "Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late > > > 19th century, when it began to be recognised as a distinct language…" > > Can native Dutch and Afrikaans speakers still understand each other without an interpreter?
For me personally, it depends on the dialect; it takes only a little effort to understand a singer like Laurika Rauch or some television programmes, but other singers or dialogues on youtube are incomprehensible. Sometimes a little bit of training to recognize unrounded vowels as their rounded counterparts (most notably /i/ as /y/) helps tremendously. The written language is even easier to understand than the spoken language. René