Posted by: mysteron347
Posted: 18th Aug 2011
What a load of dingo's kidneys!
Fact is that regional dialects in England can be next to incompehensible in another county. Expressions change region-to-region.
George Bernard Shaw was right in 'Pygmalion' (My Fair Lady) - it is quite possible for the attuned ear to distinguish between people who live even a few streets apart (or at least it was until forty years or so ago - TV and radio have smoothed over many variations.)
So what precisely is this narrow definition of "English?" London English? Yorkshire English? Lancashire? We'd be fighting the wars of the roses over again.
Australian English is a different and as similar as any of these other regional differences. Australians have polony sandwiches and cartons of beer. Yet some inhabitants of the overgrown cow-paddocks East of the line of chaos would insist on 'Fritz' or 'Devon' and 'slabs.' Do we classify each of these odd variants too as 'Australian?'
Then there's expressions and mispronunciations that are peculiar to members of one's family or even one's own household. Do we have to have a special name for each individual variant? If not, then how much difference need there be between "languages" to make the distinction necessary?
Frankly, I reckon the entire idea is cuckoo.