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Old 04-28-2006, 05:23 PM
Sunspace Sunspace is offline
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Country adjectives and language names: how do we decide to add -ese, -ian, etc?

What governs the endings we put on country adjectives and language names?

Japan -> Japanese, Malta -> Maltese, France -> French, Belgium -> Belgian, Spain -> Spanich, etc? If we say Japan and Japanese, why don't we say Iran and Iranese? England -> English, but Iceland -> Icelandic. In English we say Canadian, but in Italian it's Canadese.

What's the rule here?
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:25 PM
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