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Sociolingustics What is standard English?

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Standard English is constantly evolving.  One of the reasons for this is the great variety of cultures we have in this country.  Some from immigrants, some from geographical differences.  Another reason English is constantly evolving is technology.  As we develop new technology, we are in need of new words.  Had you heard of an...

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 A standard dialect,  'has the highest status in a community or nation and is usually based on the speech and writing of educated native speakers of the language'. It is this variety that is taught in schools, described in dictionaries and grammars and taught 'to non native speakers. Standard American English is the standard variety, and British English is the standard British English.