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Old 04-22-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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From what I've found on the Internet, English is not the official language of England. It's not the official language of the United States or Australia. But it is an official language in India and Canada. And many other countries.

The technicality is that English was never made an official language in these countries. No law was made that English be used by the government and the courts. Although, in the United States, some States have made it their official language.

   
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What do you mean by English ..... ?

   
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What do you mean by English ..... ?
Any of the above, perhaps?

The dominant local variant thereof? (Substitute "bastardization" for "variant" if you're not from the locality in question).

   
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The Germanic Language the evolved in the British Isles and came to be known as English, that was heavily influenced by other languages (especially French and Latin), that was carried to other parts of the world, and that continues to mutate and evolve.

   
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Mutate .... not sure about evolve ....

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

   
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Odd thing is, a Scot told me she finds it easier to understand most Americans than the Scots to the North of her. I find it easier to understand people from India than people from some parts of the United States.

   
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My eldest grandson married a lovely young woman from Glasgow and no-one in the family could understand her (or her family at the wedding) !

   
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Can your eldest grandson understand her?

   
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I think one reason here in the US that english has not been mandated as the official language is the perception of it as being discriminatory primarily, I think, based on the states where it has been enacted also having a large and vocal base of people who think that not being able to speak english means one is a bad person and/or stupid who shouldn't be allowed in the country. Additionally, in enacting such a law questions arise as to funding/providing interpreters.

Having grown up in a home where both parents were children of immigrants, where both parents were fluent in their parents' native tongue (Italian and Spanish), where as children we were encouraged to take foreign languages in school, where speaking english with an accent was considered a sign of someone who was educated, I'm strongly opposed to any sort of official language mandate here in the US.

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I don't think the founding fathers cared about diversity. I think they assumed that an educated person would be speaking English, and only educated people would be involved in politics and law. Also, they had no model from England about the idea of making it official. But as for changing it now, because it is the defacto standard, there is no compelling reason to. And also what you point out.

   
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