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Costentin Cornomorus wrote:

>--- Joe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>>If we must insist that Scots is a dialect,
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>>then
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>>>it is a dialect that is only barely
>>>understandable to a speaker of the language it
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>>is
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>>>suppsed to be a mere dialect of!
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>>Well, that depends on the dialect of the
>>speaker in question, doesn't it?
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>Well, yes. I had hoped I wouldn't have to spell
>that bit out! Let's see: ...understandable to a
>monoglot speaker of the language it is supposed
>to be a mere dialect of, say for example American
>English. Better?
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But some dialects of English have characteristics borrowed(or of common
descent) from Scots, so even a monoglot speaker of Scottish English, or
maybe even Northern English, could understand Scots fairly well.

>Padraic.
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