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Costentin Cornomorus scripsit:

> If we must insist that Scots is a dialect, then it is a dialect that is
> only barely understandable to a speaker of the language it is suppsed
> to be a mere dialect of!

You probably couldn't understand basilectal Geordie either.  (If a
language requires an army and a navy, does that mean that Afrikaans
these days is a dialect of Xhosa?)

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