Is "American English" a language in its own right?

Asked by: Jegory

    When learning English as a foreigner you decide either you want to learn American or British English. They are very similar that you can understand both, you can communicate and that is the most important part of language.
    That American English has different expressions, uses of words and meanings does not mean it's a 100% different language.
    Let us compare English with Spanish. All over the world there are different pronunciation,words,meanings,etc.In Spanish but those who speak any kind of Spanish can understand what others are saying.
    The language can be modified depending on society, technology, time, etc. We choose how we want to use our language.

  • Conglomeration of other languages.

    American English can rightfully be its own language because it gas taken roots from other languages to create new words, words that are not found in other places of the world. Though all languages sprout from similar languages, all languages are fluctuated to meet the terms of modern society, hence the reasoning for terms like "whatever" to be added to the dictionary. All other languages are their own language, and with "American English" forever changing, I believe it should be its own language.

  • Unique words, spelling and idioms

    Although UK English & American English are structurally alike, they each have unique words, spellings, slang expressions and figures of speech or idioms. Even different parts of UK or US have this. Probably someone speaking Standard UK English would be clearly Understood by someone speaking Standard American English , however .

  • People in America use a spin-off of "proper English "

    They spell differently, say y'all, and are over all different from Great Britan. Even though they both speak English, Americans speak almost a spin-off of the proper British. In Britain people spell color like colour and in America it is spelled like color. In America, people often combine words like in Australia.

  • Not ONLY a separate language, Requires a new, evolved name.

    Perhaps it should be called simply, "American." Regardless, this debate is beyond a moot point. American culture diverged from British culture upon Independence in 1776 - that's also a moot point. "Similarity" or "proximity" or even "distance/relative nearness" does not imply "singularity/oneness/sameness." ?Calling American a "style of English" is like calling the USA a "fad." I think we're all safely past that fear. I was born in the American heartland, highly-highly educated, successful, etc. There aren't alot of us around - these types of pseudo debate exist ONLY in the minds of Immigrants and First Generationals who fear losing their Identity to the Great Melting Pot. These numbers 29%:71% reflect the subjective reality of those taking this survey. The OBJECTIVE REALITY is that America speaks American. History has its rightful place - and so does reality. America is not only the World's Only Superpower (in reality), it is also the most culturally diverse and free. It offers the widest spectrum of diversity - across all dimensions. Its language, American, has been unique for more than 200 years. If you're not on board that train, I'm afraid for you - you won't be able to ever get on this Great Train. You'll stay, fearfully, on the sidelines of History - making footnotes in your Personal Trapper Keeper!!!!

  • It's just a differently standardised form of English, but that makes it a Creole.

    When you take a language and do not conform for the most part with it's conventions, it becomes Pidgin or a Creole. Really it boils down to how standards are applied. Since the language of English wasn't formalised until the split, mere spelling differences are inevitable. Armour/Armor Colour/Color are mere spelling differences. But it is English. Not American English, English is English. Australians do not consider their English Australian English, just English. So the addition of idioms or regional nuances does not qualify it as a different language. If that were the case Fuggeddaboutit as a word would mean a further division of the language since it is regional. However, to be truly English is to spell it as standardised in English and Americans don't and won't. So it's pidgin English. And that's not an insult, just what it is.

  • It is a dialect, not a language.

    The easiest way I can think of explaining this is : Go to England, listen to the different dialects (e.G Liverpool or Wolverhampton) You will find that not only do these places use their own made up words and phrases, they have completely different accents....Does that mean they have a different language?....No, and neither does America.

  • No it isn't

    Almost everything about your language is the same as English. American English is merely English with a few words and phrases changed or used incorrectly (in the eyes of those who speak English). To be a language in its own right, something must be unique to that country, not a rip-off of another's. Therefore, I believe that American English is not a language in its own right.

  • Dialects don't count as a different language

    American English is fundamentally the same as Australian English or British English. Just because all areas use some different vocabulary and colloquial words, it doesn't mean it is it's own separate language. The best argument for this is that you could go to England and understand what they are saying.

  • Let's look at the definition, Shall we?

    Dialect - A particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group.

    English is a Language.
    American English is peculiar compared to Australian-, Irish-, and Scottish-English speakers
    the USA is a specific region.

    The definition of Dialect fits better than the definition Language:
    Any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.

  • American English is a Style NOT a Language

    American English is a style of English, not it's own language. If an American is dropped off in the United Kingdom, they'd be able to communicate just fine since they speak the same language as english people. In American English, we still have all the words that traditional English has, we just choose not to use those words and use other words. So no, it is not a language.

  • Dialect =/= Language

    The "American English" coin is already false, in my opinion, being as I see "American" as denoting citizenship to the American continent, not a nation, but I digress.

    The "American language" is not a language itself but a dialect; a regional edit. It still derives from the Angles and Germanic tribes, it still holds all of the characteristics of English from England; the only thing it has done is tried to be different.

  • No, American English is not a language in its own right

    American English is merely English with a few words and phrases changed or used incorrectly (in the eyes of those who speak English). To be a language in its own right, something must be unique to that country, not a rip-off of another's. Therefore, I believe that American English is not a language in its own right.

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