Are there any regular phonetical correspondences between grammatical patterns of both dialects? Which one is thought to be the 'real' Armenian?

When and how did the dialects split? Is Western Armenian an offspring of the Eastern dialect, or did the dialects appear during a synchronous process?

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    I believe the differences are greater than between British and American English. My friends in Yerevan can tell instantly when a Western Armenian speaker walks by if they are speaking. I was very surprised to read on the internet in recent weeks in a forum or possibly YouTube comments some Eastern Armenian speakers making abusive comments toward Western Armenian speakers about their dialect! Jun 21, 2013 at 1:16
  • @hippietrail: so is the Eastern Armenian considered to be 'more Armenian' than its Western variety?
    – Manjusri
    Jun 21, 2013 at 19:09
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    Is British English considered 'more English' than American? Linguists certainly would never consider either 'more Armenian' that the other - both are Armenian, and so both are equally Armenian.
    – Sjiveru
    Jun 21, 2013 at 22:59
  • @Manjusri: I don't know - it's just an anecdote. I only had a comment and not an answer. But let me publicize this question to my Armenian friends on Facebook ... Jun 22, 2013 at 0:38
  • @hippietrail That'd be great.
    – Manjusri
    Jun 22, 2013 at 16:04

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Eastern and Western Armenian developed from Old Armenian, not from each other. Both are equally Armenian. I don't know the answers to the rest of your questions.

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