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Please define Standard English

asked 2015-06-23 16:16:53 -0500

janenordahl gravatar image

I keep hearing the term "Standard English". I did some research, but can't find one reference source (e.g. book or digital file) for 'Standard English". Is there one source for Standard English? If not, who or what defines what is considered 'Standard English'.

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answered 2018-09-28 04:11:50 -0500

Gerard Cheshire gravatar image

The term 'Standard English' is really just a loose phrase to describe English from England, as that is where the standard comes from. However, in reality, English from England has become just as 'non-standard' as anywhere else. Therefore, there can be no such thing as Standard English in strict linguistic terms, as all languages evolve with time.

Sometimes the phrase is used to mean standard English phrasing, such as "I sat on the chair" rather than "on the chair I sat." In other words. the first sentence is the standard way of talking in English, while the second sentence is not.

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