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I read that, the standardized version of Friulian was made to make learning it simple. However, did it really make the language simpler? Are there still variations in the pronunciation of letters like C, G and Z in the Friulian language in different dialects?

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    What website made that claim?
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    May 17, 2023 at 14:51
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Language standardization projects make the language easier to learn by specifying a single version for students to focus on, rather than having learning materials split between several dialects, or trying to cover all the dialect variation in a textbook.

But those dialects, and the different pronunciations that go along with them, still exist and are used. They may die out over time if the standard version is the only one used in schools, but this hasn't happened (yet) in the case of Friulian.

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  • So is that a good or bad thing? May 17, 2023 at 20:16
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    @AkshatGoswami Must things be simply good or bad?
    – Draconis
    May 17, 2023 at 20:22
  • Bear in mind that when talking about language change, the needs or struggles of language learners are of no significance at all, because language learners are almost always an insignificant part of the language's constituency. (This doesn't include children: children are language-learning machines, and essentially no properties of a language have ever been shown to have a significant impact on how readily children learn it. This is less true for writing systems, but these are not part of language, but a technology applied to languages.)
    – Colin Fine
    May 17, 2023 at 21:42
  • @ColinFine True, though there are also languages being revitalized where there are a lot of L2 learners and not many L1 speakers.
    – Draconis
    May 17, 2023 at 21:52
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