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What does this idiom mean?

Do you know the saying" a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
What do you think this means?
Do you agree?

Sep 22, 2012 8:08 PM
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"the political status of the speaker influences the percieved status of their language or dialet. It has social class associations along with ties to economics, literary traditions and cultural factors. If a language has political backing it is more likely to be classed as a language rather than a dialect.


Yeah, I agree.

September 22, 2012
Language Skills
English, French, Persian (Farsi)
Learning Language
English, French