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ziq wrote (edited )

Good points. I'm not sure about languages not merging though; our dialect is very different from mainland Greek and contains countless Turkish words and influences already. But I'm no linguist.


md_ wrote

English is not French, and Japanese is not Chinese, despite heavy borrowing of vocabulary stock from those languages.

Simplifying greatly, a language is the vocabulary + the unconscious language-specific rules to put words into sentences + culturally-dependant nuances on top of the literal meaning.