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The degree of contrast between two dialects, measured by the percentage of items differing from a fixed set. See Gooskens (2005) DiG 13 on the geographical and demographic determinants of linguistic distance, and Scapoli et al. (2005) J. Theor. Biol. 237, 1 on the link between linguistic similarity and linguistic distance.

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