Hahaha... Look, just because you're illiterate, don't make it my problem. I clearly said that saying "English" was sufficient. You turned that into "Oh HO! So you'd use the LONGER term of American English!"
I purposely edited my post to specifically point out what I was referring to and you still overlooked it. YOU said the following: "I'd call it American English as its a variant of the older and more universal English language." "The United States of America being condensed to "America" is a matter of convenience and the fact that the US was the first recognized "Western" nation in the Americas "
You did not mention "simply English" in any of those phrases. You did, however, in the phrase, "But simply saying "Do you speak English?" is sufficient since, dialects aside, the different variants can generally communicate without much trouble. It's also shorter. "
Except, my question was about the term "American", not "English". This is how you tried to turn the discussion on "English", when it was always on "American". I saw the potential innocent confusion, so that's why I edited my post to tell you the exact phrase I was responding to.
I would, because in the case of shortening 'American English', you don't use the modifier. That's like taking "I have a silver maple in my yard" and shortening it to "I have a silver in my yard" rather than "I have a maple in my yard". In almost every case, just saying 'Maple' is sufficient. In no case is 'silver' the correct word.
I know you corrected yourself later down in the thread,but I had already anticipated that response, do you have a problem with "Do you speak the American language?".
Ummm... what? 'English' is less specific than 'American English'. 'American' is less specific than 'Citizen of the United States of America'. Both shorter terms are entirely appropriate.
Uhhh. you missed the point. "American" is MORE specific than "English" in reference to language, because the term "American" is primarily exclusive to the U.S. Most people outside the U.S are actually taught British English, not U.S. English. So if you were to simply say "English", that would be less specific than simply saying "American".
Look at China, there is no such language, "Chinese", the two main dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese, but people often say "Chinese". In this case, it makes sense as the term "Chinese" refer to the single country "China" and they are not using a term like "East", "Oriental" or "Asia" that can represent multiple countries.
Because our food, music, et al isn't based off a single origin in the same manner that our commonly used language is. Food & music are more unique to this country and are universally understood to be "American
You mean like the people, you know who are based off a single origin? Weren't the settlers European who spoke English? I didn't know that there was an "America" in Europe.
No, people in Argentina say "I speak Spanish", as in the language originating from the larger country on the Iberian peninsula. Kind of like saying "I speak English", as in the language originating from the larger country in the British Isles. Even though... get this, cause this will blow your mind... the Spanish spoken in Argentina is different from the Spanish spoken in Spain! Wild, huh? I know! And it's still called Spanish!
Wow, did you completely over look my first sentence? Argentina has an official language. Argentia said "Our official language is 'Spanish'". The language could have easily been called "Fairy Cow Goldenese" with absolutely no change and that would be the name of the language.
If you actually study different languages, you'll see many countries actually do that. Their language or dialect will greatly resemble another language, but instead of just simply calling it a derivative of it's parent's name, they will call it another language all together. Hmmmm... I wonder why....?!?!
Also? They speak English in Australia, as well. I guess they don't have an identity, either.
Exactly. Aside from the point that we don't have an official language, it's the height of arrogance to take a language that's already established and declare that it's "ours" and we somehow own it.
You do realize that's how we have so many languages now? Once you learn one foreign language, the rest are typically much easier to learn. No one is really creating their own language. What have been done are derivations of already existing languages.
Besides, having an official language has nothing to do with declaring an established language as our own. The U.S. can simply say "English" is the official language.