Typological Difference between a dialect and a language

Yuri Tambovtsev yutamb at MAIL.RU
Thu Feb 18 20:52:34 UTC 2010


Dear Typology colleagues, in fact, it was not a joke to ask you about the typological difference between a dialect and a language though in linguistics there is no answer to this question. However, the sound picture of a dialect is different typologically from that of a language. The sound picture of a language is the phonetic corpora of this language. The corpora on the phonetic level are different by Ch-square. For instance, in Mansi (Vogul) there are several dialects. However, the total of the speech sound chains are really two different linguistic objects. In fact, they are far away from each other than Russian and Ukrainian, or Russian and Belorussian, which are considered separate languages. The same was with some Turkic dialects, e.g. Dolgan and Jakut or Altai-Kizhi and Altai-Teleut. Unfortunately. nobody sent me their answers to my e-mail box directly. My access to the web site is poor. This is why, I read all your answers only yesterday, alas! Some of the answers are quite interesting. Some wrote that it is not possible to solve this problem. I am sure it is possible to solve this problem with the help of the Chi-square, t-test and other criteria of mathematical statistics. Looking forward to hearing from you directly to yutamb at mail.ru Be well, remain yours most sincerely Yuri Tambovtsev, Novosibirsk, Russia
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