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Costentin Cornomorus wrote:

>--- Joe <[log in to unmask]> scrievit:
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>>Trebor Jung wrote:
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>>>Merhaba!
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>>>*nearly falls off chair in surprise; totally
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>>shocked*
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>>>Maltese is _not_ a dialect of Arabic - it's a
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>>separate language! That's like
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>>>saying Estonian and Finnish are dialects...
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>>>I just can't believe this... Maltese a dialect
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>>of Arabic (or anything else)?
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>>>Just totally unbelievable...
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>>I think it's quite a reasonable statement.
>>They've only diverged since
>>the middle ages.  It's more like saying Scots
>>is a dialect of English.
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>I know more Scots than Maltese or Arabic. If the
>situation is comparable (keeping in mind that
>English began diverging from Scots a little
>sooner), then I think it safe to say that Maltese
>is a language!
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>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!
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Well, that depends on the dialect of the speaker in question, doesn't it?