The Contribution of Linguistic Factors to the Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages

  title={The Contribution of Linguistic Factors to the Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages},
  author={Charlotte Gooskens},
  journal={Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development},
  pages={445 - 467}
  • Charlotte Gooskens
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
  • The three mainland Scandinavian languages (Danish, Swedish and Norwegian) are so closely related that the speakers mostly communicate in their own languages (semicommunication). Even though the three West Germanic languages Dutch, Frisian and Afrikaans are also closely related, semicommunication is not usual between these languages. In the present investigation, results from intelligibility tests measuring the mutual intelligibility of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish were compared with results of… CONTINUE READING
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