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Alaina Woodford Lexico Analysis 5/6/16 After consulting Google Translate for several hours, I can conclude that Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian are practically identical languages. If I had to put a number to it, I would say a percent somewhere in the nineties—perhaps 95%. The Serbian use of the Cyrillic alphabet makes for the only large marked difference between the three, but I don’t believe this actually counts as a linguistic difference, since the three languages are complete
  Alaina WoodfordLexico Analysis5/6/16After consulting Google Translate for several hours, I can conclude that Bosnian, er!ian, and roatian are #ractically identical languages$ If I had to #ut a nu%!er to it, I &ould say a #ercent so%e&here in the nineties'#erha#s (5)$ The er!ian use of the yrillic al#ha!et %a*es for the only large %ar*ed di+erence !et&een the three, !ut I dont !elieve this actually counts as a linguistic di+erence, since the three languages are co%#letely %utually intelligi!le &hen s#o*en and listened to, if not &hen &ritten or read$ I can tell this !ecause Google Translate o+ers us the &ord in our o&n Latin al#ha!et as &ell, so &e can see that the er!ian &ord -.023 is not actually a di+erent &ord fro% -#tica,3 the Bosnian and roatian &ord for -!ird$3In %y o4cial tally, 156 of the  &ords &ere exactly identical across all three languages$ 78 %ore &ords &ere nearly identical, !ut o+ !y a letter or t&o, li*e -&ind,3 &hich is -v9etar3 in Bosnian and roatianand -vetar3 in er!ian$ This #articular exa%#le actually cro#s u# a lot, &ith er!ian dro##ing the -93 or -i93 fro% the Bosnian/ roatian'Id esti%ate it %a*es u# the %a9ority of the 78 nearly:identical &ords$ ;inally, that leaves us &ith 1 co%#letely di+erent &ords !et&een t&o  or three of the languages$ Ill ex#lain !elo& ho& I dealt &ith those a!nor%alities$<ven &hen the &ords di+er !et&een languages, li*e &ith -to !lo&,3 &hich is -duvati3 in Bosnian, -#uhati3 in roatian, and -!lov3 in er!ian, this see%s to !e %ore of a di+erence in #o#ularity of usage than anything else, since they all share so%e synony%, li*e -dahtati3'the sa%e in all three languages =>2?20 in er!ian@$ I say this is due to #o#ularity !ecause I !elieve Google Translate o+ers !ac* the synony% that is %ost co%%only used, according to   the input it receives , #erha#s !y nu%!er of ti%es that &ord is ty#ed into Google  Translate see*ing a translation$ Bars de%onstrating #o#ularity of usageare usually o+ered at the !otto% of each translation$ If the !ars &ere identical !et&een so%e &ords, I felt co%forta!le s&itching one out for the other, #utting do&n the &ord as identical in all three languages$ But if the #o#ularity &as very di+erent, I o+ered !oth translations, suchas -hair,3 &hich is rst -*osa3 and then -dla*a3 in Bosnian, and -dla*a3and then -*osa3 in roatian$ ituations li*e these see% %ore li*e dialectical variations than linguistic ones, li*e -#o#3 used on the <ast oast of the $$ vs$ -soda3 on the West oast$ I %a*e this co%#arison !ecause !oth &ords are o+ered in each language, !ut one is si%#ly %ore #o#ular in one region co%#ared &ith another$Cost of the ti%e, I chose the &ord that &as the sa%e in all three languages$ I did this !ecause of the  &ords, this identical o#tion  &as o+ered to %e %ost often$ I assu%ed that &hen I found the sa%e &ord in all three languages, these should !e considered identical, as o##osed to other &ords, &hich should !e considered synony%s$ ;or exa%#le, -louse3 &as %ost co%%only -vaD*a3 in Bosnian and -uD3 in roatian, although each &ord &as listed as second %ost #o#ular in the other language$ I assu%e this &ould !e linguistically co%#ara!le to &hether so%eone chooses to use the &ord -said3 or -stated3 in <nglish't&o &ords that #ractically %ean the sa%e thing, !ut de#end on slightly di+erent context to deter%ine &hich !eco%es the #ri%ary choice$Its li*ely that this di+ering context de#ends in this case on &hat in#ut Google Translate receives, assu%ing its a -learning3 #rogra%$ Eerha#s Google Translate receives s*e&ed in#ut de#ending on &hetherso%eone is loo*ing to translate an identical &ord fro% Bosnian, roatian, or er!ian'de#ending on their #ic*, one language %ight !eco%e %ore freFuently associated &ith the &ord, rather than another$;or exa%#le, if theres a #o#ular roatian song &ith the &ord -su#rug3 used for -hus!and3 instead of the synony% -%u,3 -su#rug3 %ay co%e to !e associated %ore strongly &ith roatian$ This leaves Bosnian using the &ords eFually, !ut #erha#s -%u3 is o+ered as the default for so%e other reason'&hatever reason Google uses to deter%ine &hich eFually:#o#ular synony% to use rst$ I ta*e this exa%#le !ecause &hen translating -hus!and,3 -su#rug3 is indeed the  %ore #o#ular &ord in roatian, &hereas -%u3 is the %ost #o#ular in Bosnian$Hther ti%es, the &ords given &ere close, !ut o+ !y %ore than a fe& letters$ ;or exa%#le, &hen translating -to rain,3 Google Translate o+ered -#adati *iDa3 for Bosnian, -*iDiti3 in roatian, and -#ada *iDa3 =.2>2 0J2@ in er!ian$ These three &ords share si%ilar the%es, li*e -*iD3 in all three, -#ada3 in Bosnian and er!ian, and -:ti3 in Bosnian and roatian$ I had a di4cult ti%e co%ing u# &ith an <nglish exa%#le of this #heno%enon$ I had a fe& ideas, !ut actual fa%iliarity &ith the language &ould, I% sure, hel# to clarify &hich exa%#le is the closest to the lavic srcinal$ Cy rst thought &as the di+erence !et&een -doughnut3 and -donut3'!ut that see%s %ore s#elling:related than anything else$ Then I thought of the di+erence !et&een -cot3 and -caught3't&o &ords #ronounced either di+erently or exactly the sa%e, de#ending on &hich region of the $$ youre fro%$ But I gured adding in the ele%ent of #ronunciation &as #ushing the co%#arison too far$ ;inally I thought of -ho& are you doing3 vs$ -ho& you doin$3  This is an exa%#le fro% t&o di+erent dialects of the sa%e <nglish language, containing %any of the sa%e linguistic ele%ents, yet di+ering slightly !y a fe& letters$ Therefore, I !elieve this to !e the closest <nglish exa%#le to the lavic #heno%enon %entioned a!ove$Lastly, for the er!ian language, I included !oth the Latin and yrillic translations of the &ord, in that order, se#arated !y a for&ard
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