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    Default Re: Universal Standard English?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatone View Post
    American English should be the way to go. [1] Students shouldn't have to put up with the numerous spelling inconsistencies and redundant characters of other varieties of English.[2] The different American English dialects are not a problem, if anything they can help the student choose whichever dialect they find easier, without really impairing comprehension.

    [3] There's simply no reason not to study AE.

    [4] The EU's employment laws are revolting.
    Oh, that's a nice bundle of sweeping statements. Let's respond to some (I have [numbered] them in the original):

    [1] English spelling is a pain, to native speakers as well as to students. The problem with reform is that there are so many diferent dialects (in America too) that it would be difficult to single one out to be the basis for a more phonetic spelling. One advantage of the present system is that it is, admittedly after many painful hours at school, readable by speakers of all dialects. And don't forget that, although AmE has a few more logical spellings than BrE, the overwhelming majority of words are spelled/spelt in the same way by speakers of both dialects.
    [2] That is your opinion. I don't agree.
    [3]. There are many good reasons for studying AmE. There are also many good reasons for studying BrE, and indeed for studying several other forms. And if the learner's well-considered choice is for studying BrE, then that is one reason for not studying AmE.
    [5] If, unlike the American government and immigration authorities, you believe in complete freedom of movement of labour/labor, then I suppose you could say that.

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    Default Re: Universal Standard English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    AE? Australian English? Albanian English? American English? AfroAmerican English? Aboriginal English?
    AmE is a popular descriptive term for American English.
    Should be pretty easy to make out the meaning after reading the preceding text.

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    Default Re: Universal Standard English?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatone View Post
    Should be pretty easy to make out the meaning after reading the preceding text.
    Yes, I understood that you meant American English.
    I was asking whether you'd consider using "AmE" instead, since in discussions of World Englishes in general, AE is not sufficiently descriptive.

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