British and English are not the same language.
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English is a language that evolved in Great Britain and has two main dialects: American and British. Everyone who speaks British speaks English, but not everyone who speaks British speaks English. Therefore, they are not the same.
The British invented the English language, therefore it is their official language. If you just say "English", then it isn't specific enough to tell you what people are talking about, but I will refer to English as British English (British) since they have the rights to it.
I also noticed a problem in Pro's argument. He states that "Everyone who speaks British speaks English, but not everyone who speaks British speaks English." This is a contradiction.
Statement 1: Everyone who speaks British speaks English.
Statement 2: NOT everyone who speaks British speaks English.
And because this is a contradiction, Pro concedes that they are the same, since his own argument for why he claims they ar not the same is contradicted.
I messed up by saying that contradiction. I meant to say that all who speak British speak English, but not all who speak English speak British.
By reversing my contradiction, it made sense. British is a dialect of the English language, not the language itself. It is true that English originated in Great Britain, but that is not a sufficient argument. Latin originated in Italy, but Latin and Italian are definitely not the same language.
Italian was a completely different version and reformation of Latin. This a different situation, Italian isn't referred to as Italian Latin like the way our American version of English is referred to as American English. Just saying English is not specific enough as I don't know according to the resolution which English you're discussing, but technically, English is British since they created the language
British English was not the first English. What is now known as American English was the first, so by your logic, English actually belongs to the Americans.
But that does not matter because your logic is flawed. It basically follows like this:
P1) English was invented by the British.
P2) British people speak English.
C1) British English was the original English.
C2) British and English are the same language.
Not only is the first premise false, there is a logical gap between P2 and C2.
These sources and many more can prove that the modern American accent used to be the way all English speakers spoke, disproving your premise that British English was the original one.
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