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Re: "Standard English"?

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, January 9, 2000, 0:19
Nik Taylor wrote:

> abrigon wrote: > > Does anyone speak Standard American English? > > Lots of people. Standard American English does not include > pronunciation. Pronunciation has regional "standards", not a national > standard, not in America at any rate.
Um... no, not really. First of all, in America there is no "standard" in the literal sense of the word, though there is a common "koine" version which irons out the dialectal ruffles of the various regions. There are, however, a great many people whose idiolects closely approximate that koine -- the newscaster Dan Rather, for example (though even he had to have lessons to get rid of his Texan /tIn/ for "ten"). =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================