Ms. Bundchen is a U.S. citizen whose family lived in Brazil for five generations before she moved to the U.S. Her ancestors six generations ago were German, but she isn't. She is, depending on your point of view, either Brazilian or American. This isn't a language issue. but the error should be corrected....
Context: Gisele Bundchen, a model, is German.
2. What nationality is Gisele Bundchen? She is German...
In the 1980s I bought a Walther PPKs pistol. The box and gun both said "made in Germany". But the entire gun was produced in Portugal. The guns arrived in Germany where a technician installed the rubber grips (one screw installation). That "final assembly" enabled them to say "made in Germany".BMW is the largest exporter of automobiles from the U.S., because its South Carolina factory is the only assembly location for several models that have worldwide markets. As of now all BMW engines are imported to the U.S. from Germany, but in November 2018 BMW announced that is is considering building a U.S. plant for engines and transmissions. BMWs are designed in Munich, Shanghai and Los Angeles. People (including myself; I drive one) still think of BMWs as German, but are they? Is this term still meaningful?
Perhaps that sounds like a topic that is better suited to a philosophy forum than for a language discussion, but it raises the question "what does the word 'German' [or any other nationality] really mean?" Legal definitions do not necessarily reflect language use, and "Made in Germany" does not necessarily mean the same as "German."
?1. What nationality is BMW? ~It is German.
Is question1 idiomatic?
"Nationality" is (I just decided) the wrong word. People have a nationality. Things do not. They have a country of origin. Some things, (songs, for instance) can reflect the national traditions and may have a nationality. And cuisine can have a nationality as it reflects traditions. But not cars. Cars have a country of origin.What is unidiomatic about asking "what nationality is BMW?" BMW is German. Apple is American. Huawei is Chinese. If Apple makes its computers and phones using chips from China, it doesn't make the company part American and part Chinese. The company is not its products; it's a legal entity which has a head office in a single country, and so has a nationality.
I don't think it does. Being headquartered in a country doesn't bestow "nationality" in my mind.it's a legal entity which has a head office in a single country, and so has a nationality.
I wouldn't.I think we can say that songs and cuisine can have a nationality
OK. But on the other hand, if you heard any of your 'thumbs down' phrases you'd instantly know what was meant. Plain as day.I wouldn't.
I think I only use "nationality" for people.
What nationality is this song? / What country is this song from?
What nationality is this cuisine? / What country is this cuisine from? / What country's cuisine is this?
What nationality is BMW? / What country produces BMWs? / What country is BMW headquartered in?
That's not the point. Lots of things are understandable but not idiomatic.if you heard any of your 'thumbs down' phrases you'd instantly know what was meant.
I also didn't say the answer would always be straightforward. This is no different from asking someone, for example, "What nationality are you?" and the answer turns out to be complicated because each of their parents is from a different country, they grew up in two other countries, and they have three passports.your first suggestion might introduce confusion.
So if a ship can have a nationality, why can't a shipbuilder (or car builder like BMW)?the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members:
the nationality of a ship.
The question is about the nationality of the German company, BMW, not about a car built by that company. BMW, not a BMW. BMW is a company first. If it was not, there could be no car to call "a BMW".But a BMW is a car first,