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Re: A language by any other name

On Fri, 14 Sep 2001, Junichi Uekawa wrote:

> Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> immo vero scripsit
> > On Thu, 13 Sep 2001, Nick Phillips wrote:
> > > [*] By definition, the English speak English. What the Americans speak is
> > > different to what the English speak. Therefore the Americans don't speak
> > > English.
> > 
> > That would mean the Belgian would speak Belgian, right?
> > 
> > I doubt it...
> No, Belgian would not speak Belgian, but they are "Belgian"
> and thus it can be "belgian", as it were.


And would that mean "belgian dutch" (also known as "flemish"), "belgian
french" (also known as "walloon"), or "belgian german"?

What I meant to say is simple: you can't know what language people speak
by having a look at the country they live in. Thus, the english do _not_,
by definition, speak english.

wouter dot verhelst at advalvas dot be

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