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Jul 28, 2005: Quote of the Day

"A shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un a flot" (or "a language is a dialect with an army and a navy").
--Max Weinrich, Yiddish linguist, quoted in a recent New York Times article on linguistics

For more fun with linguistics, including a strong case that there really are no languages, read John McWhorther's Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language".

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