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My Final Thoughts on English

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2001, 10:01
    First and foremost, who said this?

<<>Hmmm... could the Spanish influence from the border have something to do

>with your /i:NglIS/? ;-)>>
I realize that this wasn't meant seriously (especially considering that some of us from the border states [meaning me] come from Mexican families), but aside from the racial aspect and the idea that one can't speak a particular variety of English if one's family also speaks another language, it's presupposing that there is a correct variety of English, and that the one with /i/ before /N/ is not it. I realize it wasn't meant seriously and probably as a joke, but I don't find it that funny or insightful. <<>I'll be calm. Okay. I think I can manage it. DON"T CONFUSE AMERICAN ENGLISH
ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>> Well, I have a solution (possibly, "the" solution). Don't confuse American English with English? Fine. Then no more! Let's all start now to actively split up this monster. You can go by countries, or you can go by regions, but let's all admit that we all speak different languages, or at least that we're fast approaching that point. Thus, once we're all in our little language groups (North Irish, English, East American, Southwest American, Australian, Canadian), we can start to standardize our individual spelling systems, and there will be absolutely no problems. For a little while, at least. -David (New Southwest American speaker)


Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>