Does the tag italian-american-english have a meaning, for this site?
Is there an English dialect that is called Italian American English?

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    I created the tag because each question has to have a tag, and this was the first thing I thought of. I believe there is an identifiable form of English which could be labelled thus. The question I asked might offer an example.
    – delete
    Sep 4, 2010 at 0:23

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You could probably argue for a dialect of English called "Italian American English", but it would not be English as spoken by native Italian speakers. I would not call the latter a dialect because it is not native English.

The Italian American English dialect could be used to describe the particular dialect used by, e.g., Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, etc.

  • Is the meaning of Italian American English you reported generally accepted? In other words, would anybody else understand that by Italian American English you mean the dialect spoken by Robert De Niro, or Al pacino?
    – apaderno
    Sep 4, 2010 at 10:54
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    As a matter of fact, there is no evidence that the tag was correct, as it doesn't seem that all American people with Italian roots say gravy to mean sauce. If we use Italian-American-English, we should also use tags like Chinese-American-English, Greek-British-English too.
    – apaderno
    Oct 12, 2010 at 15:37

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