Re: A language by any other name
On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 11:46:06AM +0200, David N. Welton wrote:
> > 2 aliases, "english" for the English, "american" for the Americans.
> I don't speak 'american', though, I speak 'english', and will look for
> that, as will the rest of my compatriots, when asked to select the
> language I speak. Nice try for a compromise, but it won't work.
OK then, if the English aren't allowed to speak "english" [*], 2 aliases
"english-british" and "english-american".
> Before we go off on too much of a flame war here, *please* note that
> Marcelo says that Ben wants a consensus. Does anyone believe that a
> *consensus* is possible?
Based on pragmatism, yes. Based on everyone having their ideal, no.
[*] By definition, the English speak English. What the Americans speak is
different to what the English speak. Therefore the Americans don't speak
Simple as that ;) I am however prepared to let it go in the interest of
avoiding a pointless flamewar. Happy to continue by private mail, though.
Limited offer, for a short time only...
Nick Phillips -- firstname.lastname@example.org
You've been leading a dog's life. Stay off the furniture.