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Jan van Steenbergen scripsit:

> > Since Dutch is essentially Low German with an army and a fleet,
>
> LOL!! Have you got that one, John?
> {On a sidenote: you want to call our so-called army an ARMY? ;)) )

I put it in the queue, but it's been quite a while since I've been able
to update the web page.

It's essentially an instantiation of Uriel Weinreich's generic comment
that a language is a dialect with an army and a navy.  This is given
added point by the fact that his L1 was Yiddish.

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John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              [log in to unmask]
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_