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- What is the difference between a language and a dialect? A dialect, in theory, is when people speak two varieties of languages that are close enough so they can understand each other. On the other hand, if the differences in languages are too distinctive and people on each side do not understand each other, both of them would be considered different languages. For example, people who speak French in Québec do understand people who speak French in France. There might be some differences in the vocabulary and expressions, but the meaning of the message gets heard. In this instance, we would be dealing with two dialects. Contrarily, people who speak exclusively French are not able to understand Spanish. These are two different languages. In practice, the distinction between these two terms can be slightly different. Sometimes, the differences between a language and a dialect are defined by geopolitical aspects. For instance, if there is a border that separates two regions, each side is considered speaking a different language. A good example of this would be Flemish and Dutch where both languages are very similar and people are able to accurately understand each other. This similarity would be enough to conclude that both Flemish and Dutch would be dialects. However, since Belgium and Netherlands are different countries divided by a distinct border, they are considered speaking different languages. - Why are people so attached to their language? Language is one of the main statements of your identity. People usually look for a point of reference, a way to differentiate or recognize people. If they cannot identify one visually, they will certainly have one when they analyze how or what you speak. If somebody fr... ... middle of paper ... ...kill a language. - Is monolinguism the norm in the World? Bilingualism? Multilingualism? In most places of the world, it is now more normal to be bilingual that it is to be unilingual. - What effect does technology have on language? Language use? Technologies help spread a language. Now most technologies are available in all different languages. - Does the U.S. have an imperialistic linguistic policy? The history of United-States is a history of linguistic imperialism. To support that fact, we can think of California became an official State before New Mexico. This happened at a time when California had a lesser population and a smaller economy. This only happens because the Golden State had more English speakers than they did in New Mexico. Moreover, once the attained the majority of English speakers, New Mexico instantly became an official State.
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