Got a Doubt ! Wanting for your Help ! Plz make it ASAP !

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Wed Nov 27 09:36:48 CET 2013


On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM, Antoon Pardon
<antoon.pardon at rece.vub.ac.be> wrote:
> Op 27-11-13 09:19, Chris Angelico schreef:
>> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM, Antoon Pardon
>> <antoon.pardon at rece.vub.ac.be> wrote:
>>> However that second sentence doesn't make much sense to me. Modern
>>> languages contain a subset that is called the standard language. This
>>> is the subset that is generally taught. Especially to those for whom
>>> the language is foreign. So when you define a specific language to
>>> use on an international forum, it is strongly suggested that people
>>> limit themselves to the standard subset and don't use dialects since
>>> "dialect" AFAIU means it is outside this standard.
>>
>> Do you mean standard British English, standard American English,
>> standard Australian English, or some other?
>
> Does that significantly matter or are you just looking for details
> you can use to disagree? As far as I understand the overlap between
> standard British English and standard American English is so large
> that it doesn't really matter for those who had to learn the language.
> Likewise for the overlap with standard Australian English.

It matters hugely when your point depends on their being a single
"standard English". The overlap may be large, but all you've done is
either change the terms without solving the problem (because there are
still multiple language variants being used) or create a new language
(the common subset of English across all usages, which is an
impossible target to aim for).

ChrisA



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