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@...>
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