End of ADS-L Digest - 24 Feb 1995 to 25 Feb 1995 ************************************************ There are 6 messages totalling 139 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Per Judge Ito -- 60 major dialects of Spanish 2. computer-mediated discourse analysis 3. "little" and "jr" 4. the buck stops here 5. Ozark philosophy 6. Free books on writing ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 08:15:21 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" Subject: Re: Per Judge Ito -- 60 major dialects of Spanish On Fri, 24 Feb 1995, Jim Ague, ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]redrck.enet.dec.com, Col Spgs, CO wrote: > Ito's court today, Ito mentioned that there were 60 major dialects of Spanish > and he wanted to be sure that the interpreter could converse clearly with the > lady from El Salvador. > > So how many dialects does English have? And how do you count them? How do you > arrive at a cutoff point and declare, nope that just missed the "major" list? > Well, I don't think we havea satisfactory definition of "dialect" yet, tho people are working on quantifying that. Setting that aside, American English has, according to what we traditionally say in the text books, five major regional dialects (e. New England, Inland Northern, North Midland, South Midland, Southern), plus at least one varietiy of Black English, plus various urban dialects like in NYC, plus Gullah, plus At least one variety of Cajun, plus other foreign-languange influenced varieties (e.g., Chicano). Some folks don't believe in Midland because its not different enough from surounding varieties. How many dialects in Great Britain? I don't know. Then there are othernational and ethnic varieties, (South AFrican, Nigerian, Australian, Indian, South African Indian, and no doubt more). Pitcairn Island. Various pidgins and creoles not mentioned in the above. Answer: we don't know. A lot.