Standard English Definition

Standard English is the variety of English that is held by many to be 'correct' in the sense that it shows none of the regional or other variations that are considered by some to be ungrammatical, or non-standard English. Received Pronunciation, often called RP, is the way Standard English is spoken; without regional variations. Standard English and RP are widely used in the media and by public figures, so it has prestige status and is regarded by many as the most desirable form of the language.

See Also:

Accent; Dialect; Pidgin; Creole; Slang; Idiolect; Descriptive Grammar; Prescriptive Grammar


Varieties and Dialects

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