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Is there still such a thing as "Standard English"? Was there ever? If so how do we define it?

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Is there still such a thing as "Standard English"? Was there ever? If so how do we define it? Standard English is the dialect associated with educated users of the English Language. Although it is termed as a dialect it is not linked to a specific region and has no regionally district words or grammatical structure. It is the form of English considered to be formally "correct" and is used in most written texts. Unlike Received Pronunciation the use of Standard English does not indicate regional origin and can be spoken with a regional accent. Standard English has been accepted as the norm. ...read more.


One of the most important was a dictionary compiled by Dr Samuel Johnson in 1755. His dictionary promoted the standardization of word meanings and spellings, while grammarians such as Robert Lowth established grammatical "rules". There is a Standard English debate in schools. An argument associated with John Honey and others is that for many years teachers have neglected the teaching of Standard English. Honey argues that this is because within educational circles there is the mistaken belief that all dialects are equal and that Standard English should therefore not be given preference. Honey maintains that working class children should be taught that Standard English is a superior dialect in many situations. ...read more.


I also believe that Standard English is less talked about and noticed as slang words are becoming more commonly used and spread more over the country unlike the limited movement a couple of centuries ago. There is also new technology such as televisions and computers with the Internet in which you can talk to people on the other side of the country and pass on your regional dialect and slang as well as gain theirs, but also create new "dialects". Although this is the case Standard English still remains with us and even though we may use our regional dialects everyday, when we are in formal situations such as interviews Standard English comes out and is used. Also when composing letters and other documents Standard English has its use. ...read more.

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