Re: Peking/Beijing (Re: Burma/Myanmar)

From: Jonathan Rosenne (
Date: Thu Oct 07 1999 - 16:32:32 EDT

>And of course, that several of the various languages of China are
>called "dialects", which is like calling English and Castilian
>(Spanish to the hoi polloi) "dialects" of Latin, or calling Catalan
>and Portuguese "dialects' of Castilian.

The principle difference between a dialect and a language is that a
language has an army. Thus, Danish and Dutch are languages, Frisian and
Schwabish are dialects.


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