A language is a dialect with an army

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A language is a dialect with an army (with minor variations, such as adding "and navy") is an adage that asserts that the arbitrary distinction made between language and dialect, which lie on a spectrum with the hypernym "language variety", is due to historical reasons; the former having been backed by a single military power.[1]

Certainly it seems relevant to English, which first became the national language of England, before being spread to other countries via the British Empire.

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