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Post time 2003-12-31 12:29:21 |Display all floors
"for almost every english people standard english is a second language"
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Post time 2004-1-6 20:41:20 |Display all floors

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对每一个说英语的人来说,说出标准的英语只是其次的!]

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Post time 2004-1-7 02:08:35 |Display all floors

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But there is NO SUCH THING as "Standard English".

I know this is hard to accept in a country where the language is called "putonghua" - but in English there is no such concept.

One of the reasons English is a widely accepted international language (in fact it's the most spoken language on Earth) is that there is no "correct" pronunciation. Even very "unusually" pronounced English can be understood by another English speaker. This is simply not the case with many other languages.

In the late 1800s many brilliant linguists were predicting English would "split" into many dialects like so many other languages have done. But for some reason it didn't do so. In the same 100 years other Indo-European languages _have_ split in this way.

Why not English?

Because, unlike French, Spanish, Portugese and German (examples of languages with such a "split" in the same period of time) English has no pronunciation accepted as "the standard".

Now, some proud Americans and Englishpersons might suggest to you that their pronunciation is better for one reason or another - but really they are just blowing hot air.

Everyone's accent is right, and everyone's accent is wrong. And this is one of the reasons English will go on being widely spoken for a long time.

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