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Are consonants more stable than vowels?

There are some factors that make vowels more volatile than consonants in general Consonants have fixed points of articulation and modes of articulation while vowels live in a continuous space In most ...
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What's the longest extant dialect continuum?

For geographical distance, I think a Slavonic dialect continuum from the westernmost dialects of Czech via Slovak, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Southern Russian, and Russian up to Vladivostok cannot be ...
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"Ring species" as dialect continuum?

I don't think there are any ring languages, and I can explain why it's unlikely. Remember that language evolution is only roughly the same as biological evolution, and the line between languages is ...
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Can the "dialect continuum" phenomenon be recognized from Rome to Lisbon?

Yes, it can. Just going along the mediterranean cost there is a nice chain of dialects from Roman, Tuscan, Ligurian, Provençal, Langedoc, Catalan, Southern Castillian to Portuguese. Maybe there is a ...
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“We was” and other dialectical variants

1) where in the UK is this dialectal usage present? I think mostly in the South-East; Kent, London, etc. 2) what is the origin of this usage? An old usage survived from Middle English for instance?...
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"Ring species" as dialect continuum?

Abarnert laid out quite nicely the reasons why this doesn't really happen. But you do sometimes get "rings": they're just a whole lot smaller and form for different reasons. In northern Iberia, for ...
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"Ring species" as dialect continuum?

Possible, yes, but I don't know an example. But the following comes pretty close to it: The Slavonic languages on the Balkans form a somewhat broken ring, almost encircling the Hungarian and Romanian ...
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Spoken Arabic dictionary/corpus?

A good starting place to look for corpora is the CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory (VLO). This query searches for "spoken arabic" and restricts the results to hits where the language is labelled as "...
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Can the "dialect continuum" phenomenon be recognized from Rome to Lisbon?

Dialect continuum does not mean necessarily a continuum where there is inter-intelligibility. It is when linguistic facts change in relation to spatial distance, in sum, the linguistic distance has to ...
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Is this Wikipedia Arabic dialects map correct about Badawi Arabic, and what is Badawi Arabic?

No, this map is not correct. It was recently removed from Wikipedia because it has numerous errors & is largely unsourced. With regard to "Badawi Arabic", this map collapses a ...
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Is this Wikipedia Arabic dialects map correct about Badawi Arabic, and what is Badawi Arabic?

This is intended to refer to the dialects of the bedouin communities of eastern Egypt, the Sinai and the Negev desert. It is most closely related to the bedouin dialects of Jordan and northwestern ...
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