AW: CFP: FEL VIII: On the Margins of Nations: correction of e-mail

Steffen Obeling sobeling at
Mon Mar 8 10:57:31 UTC 2004

Dear Trond Trosterud!


Maybe I can give you a first hint at the original quote in Yiddish by
Max Weinreich (1945) “A shprakh iz a diyalekt mit an armey un a flot”.
You will find it in the article "Der yivo un di problemen fun undzer
tsayt" in the periodical Yivo-bleter 25(1), 1945.


With best regards,

Yours, S.O.



Steffen Obeling

Romanisches Seminar

Universität Bonn


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Dear nicholas ostler!


I am about to give a talk on laguage technology and minority languages 

here in Tromsö (linked to my project


Connected to that I would like to give a quote. i believe it comes from 

you, in some publicaton I imagine i have seen you have paraphrased 

Uriel Weinreich's "a language is a dialect with a fleet and an army" 

into "a language is a dialect with a machine-readable dictionary and 

basic language technology resources" (as you see, my attempt at 

remembering  both quotes are quite inaccurate).


So, do you know what I am talking about? If so, could you send me the 

quote (and I'll make it famous here in Tromsø)





Trond Trosterud                                        t +47 7764 4763

Institutt for språkvitskap, Det humanistiske fakultet  m +47 950 70140

N-9037 Universitetet i Tromsø, Noreg                   f +47 7764 4239

Trond.Trosterud (a)


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