From: Rick McCallister
> From: Arnaud Fournet <fournet.arnaud@...>Mine didn't. They spoke Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, Scots, German, French and Dutch. The Appalachian dialect my cousins speak is still closer to Scots than to English.
> Subject: Re: [tied] Re: Franco-Provençal
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 6:16 PM
> >> The issue is about the use and misuse of the word
> >> If one applies your approach of the word
> "language" to English
> >> varieties currently spoken around the world, there
> is no English
> >> language.
> >> I consider that there is an English language of
> which current
> >> varieties are dialects.
> > This is yet another special case that cannot be
> compared with that
> > of the origin and development of Italian and its so-
> > called "dialects".
> > The varieties, sub-varieties and sub-sub-varieties of
> English spoken
> > in countries colonized by the British
> You're rewriting history.
> Many of these people were not British,
> and most of them did not speak (any variety of) English.