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Old 03-04-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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Many countries have their languages named after their country.

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China =Chinese
Italia = Italian

Etc....


What are your thoughts?
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:49 AM
 
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Well, so many countries speak English it would be hard to claim it as our own. We sort of just "use" it.
List of countries by English-speaking population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maybe if we threw in something different and made it our own. lol
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Denmark
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No. American is not a language.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: NE Ohio
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Many countries have their languages named after their country.

Like

China =Chinese
Italia = Italian

Etc....


What are your thoughts?
And for what reason would we want to do this?

Since we were originally from England (remember we were British Colonies?) our language "English" is already appropriately named.

The fact that England (via the King) broke off relations with the Colonies and declared war against them, forcing them to declare independence (The Declaration of Independence), doesn't mean we should call our language something else. That would be ridiculous. Would it not?
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Should we call American English "AMERICAN"
No.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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Nobody speaks the same way Americans speak.

We certainly don't sound like we are from England.

American speak & sound differently.

We can call our language American if we wanted to.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Earth
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America is 2 continents divided into North and South.

It's completely arrogant and typical of people from the US to try to say that they are "America" and dismiss millions of others who do not speak English in their countries.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Our language is English, period. After all, I don't 'sound' like I'm from the South Carolina or South Boston yet we are all Americans, right? And we all speak the same language regardless of accent or regional slang.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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America is 2 continents divided into North and South.

It's completely arrogant and typical of people from the US to try to say that they are "America" and dismiss millions of others who do not speak English in their countries.
Yeah, but that is not the intent though. To identify ourselves as United Statesians is just awkward. Doesn't sound right in the way Canadian or Brazilian does. I don't think people are being arrogant by calling themselves Americans at all. Hell, we are known as 'Americans' the world over and everyone does understand the differnce from the continent and the country.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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America is 2 continents divided into North and South.

It's completely arrogant and typical of people from the US to try to say that they are "America" and dismiss millions of others who do not speak English in their countries.

Hold on for just a second. It's not only folks from the US that readily substitute "America" or "Americans" when the mean the USA.

But that is off topic.

On topic: US English doesn't sound the same when you travel to different regions, either, NYC. Do we need "Southern US English" and "West Coast English", etc, too?

What about Canada? Pretty tough to tell the difference between someone from Toronto and someone from Detroit. Do we call their language "Canadian English"?

What about Australians? New Zealanders?

The whole premise is silly.
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