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Are Some Languages Better than Others?$
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R. M. W. Dixon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766810.001.0001

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Facing up to the question

Facing up to the question

(p.245) Chapter 11 Facing up to the question
Are Some Languages Better than Others?

R. M. W. Dixon

Oxford University Press

The reader can now address the question in the title of this book. First, they should assess the basic features for an ideal language, as set out in the previous chapter, adapting them to their own judgement. Then take two languages, for each of which they have reasonable facility in understanding and speaking, and also have a good understanding of their linguistic structures. Check off each language against the amended list of basic features. Compare the ‘scores’ for the two languages, and there it is.

Keywords:   evaluation, basic features, weighting, assessment

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