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Re: languages vs dialects

Poster: mn13189@WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU

On Thu, 20 Mar 1997, Scott Dean wrote:

> > A Korean and a Japanese person, if they met on a street corner, most
> > likely would be unable to hold a conversation with each other.  But they
> > could share a newspaper or other reading material and have no trouble at
> > all.  The written languages are identical.
> Are you sure about this?  The Korean script I have seen on signs in 
> pictures of Korea (and on things like the Korean Presbyterian Church) 
> is NOTICEABLY different from the kanji I saw when I was in Japan. 

I think what was being referred to were the various Chinese languages and
dialcets.  If I remember right, Cantonese and Mandarin use the same
script, but two speakers would not be able to have a phone conversation
(although they could write a letter to each other).

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