think that one of the biggest questions in King’s mind was “is America threatened
by the preservation of languages other than English?” (413) During the Middle
Ages you owed loyalty to a ruler not to a nation as a language unit, but a lot
of people think of nation as a “totality
of people who speaks the same language” (414, Jacob Grimm, 1846) or that “languages
originally distinguished nations from one another”. (414, Rousseau) Therefor,
almost by default, language became the defining characteristic of nationality.