Talk:Indo-European languages

Latest comment: 16 years ago by Jade Knight in topic *Minor languages: Catalan

This seems a wikipedia's article!! that is not a book or course! (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) )

I agree. This project should try to find a niche not currently filled by Wikipedia. The Jade Knight 08:08, 26 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article contains much opinion (about which languages are easier to learn) which seems like it doesn't belong in a scholarly detail of the phylogenetic relations between languages. (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) )

Why? Edit

This project, at the moment, seems perfectly useless—Wikipedia covers all this and more. Is there any reason at all we should keep it, or should I nominate it for deletion? The Jade Knight 22:26, 7 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yeah, I don't see this becoming a useful course. We could have a course on Indo-European linguistics (i.e. on how Proto-Indo-European is to be reconstructed); that's something that's taught in real-life universities. But not Indo-European languages. Angr 05:52, 8 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

*Minor languages: Catalan Edit

Let me disagree of Catalan being a minority language:

  • Catalan area speakers: 12,8 millions
  • Greece speakers:11 millions
  • Portugal: 10,5 millions

Source: Eurostat 2004 This sentence must be rewriten.--Friviere 12:40, 16 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I find your statistics had to believe: Catalan spoken by 11 million Greeks? I don't think so. In Spain, however, Catalan (spoken by 9.1 million people total, according to Wikipedia) is a minority language. More properly, it would be titled a "regional language", but these terms are virtually synonymous. FYI: Wikipedia gives Greek as having 15-25 million speakers, and Portuguese as having 230 million speakers (Don't forget Brazil). Catalan also is not an official language of the EU, or any national entity (except in the sense that Catalonia has recently been defined as a nation, a sense which is not generally acknowledged internationally yet), unlike both Portuguese and Greek. "minor" should perhaps be rephrased to "regional", however. The Jade Knight 22:36, 16 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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