Relatives

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It is very easy to see that neo-Latin languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian being the most well-known) are related because of their noticeable similarity. Some languages are so similar that their speakers can understand each other – they are mutually intelligible – like to some extent Portuguese and Spanish. What about other languages with […]

Dialect

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Dialects are regional varieties of a language that differ in vocabulary, pronunciation and even grammar. Like accents, dialects are all equally correct in their own varieties and there isn’t an absolute dialect which the others are inferior to from a linguistic perspective. Accent and vocabulary differences are apparent to all and I think they are […]

Rhoticity

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There are many accents of English and many differences among them but the most prominent one is whether the /r/ is pronounced before consonants and at the end of words. In most British dialects it isn’t while in most American dialects it is. These are called rhotic dialects and besides Standard American, Scottish, Irish and Canadian […]

3 Types of Languages

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Depending on affixation and how affixes are separated within a word we distinguish three language types: agglutinating, isolating and fusional. Agglutinative languages add affixes to the word stem and these affixes are easily distinguishable most of the time. These languages include Turkish, Hungarian, Finnish, Japanese, Korean, etc. By adding several affixes to the stem, you […]