According to the Yiddish linguist Max Weinreich, the difference between a language and a dialect is that a language has ”an army and a navy”.
3. What percent of the Ukrainian and Russian lexicon differs, in comparison to percent of the Spanish and Italian lexicon difference?
Ukrainian and Russain lexicon = 38 %
Spanish and Italian lexicon = 33 %
Difference = 5%
4. Linguistically (and culturally), what are the implications of using either drevnerusskiy yazyk or davn’orus’kamova to identify Old East Slavic, the language that generally is agreed to have been the origin of the Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian languages?
Russian lignuistic believes that Russian language is the mother tounge from which other languages descended.
Ukranians believe it as language of Rus, the medieval Russian state.
6. Under Soviet rule, the language of economic and social mobility in Ukraine had become Russian , while the Ukranian language was assigned the status of a ‘rural’ language.
7. When Victor Yuschenko was prime minister of Ukraine, he insisted on speaking Ukrainian to Vladimir Putin and to understand what was being said, Putin needed a translator.
8. . In February 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament vetoed legislation that had granted Russian official-language status in many part of the country. Putin used this as one of the excuses to do what?
Russian speakers in the Crimea were under threat was a prime excuse for the invasion.