Is American a dialect or a new variation of English?
May 23, 2019 11:12am CST
I was talking to Anna here on MyLot, and she was saying that American is often harder to "comprehend" than British English. She is right. American is a very complex addition to an already complex language (English). Then I started wondering. Is American a Dialect of English>? A new version of English? It is an interesting question, about what Americans actually speak (full disclosure I am American and you don't hurt my feelings)
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• Cambridge, England
All the different kinds of English as spoken in America are quite definitely dialects, You could call them 'versions' but the correct term is dialect. The thing is that they all use English words and syntax which are mutually intelligible when written down, even though there may be some words and idioms which are specific to an area. It's important to realise that what is often called 'British English' or 'Received Standard English' ia also a dialect and is no better or worse than, for example, the English spoken in Texas or Michigan or California or the Appalachians or Dorset or Newcastle, even though someone from one of those places might have great difficulty in understanding the local speech of someone from another of those places. It is really only because of radio, TV and films that most of us can understand a particular dialect, even though, at home, we speak our own version of English.
You are right, yet in the UK as well as in the USA one regional variety has become the 'standard' version. In the UK it is the English spoken in the South East because of the location of the court and also because of 'BBC' English. In the USA it's the English spoken on the East coast. It is the American English I can understand best. I don't know if a Brit would say the same. I think he/she would. I can't imagine that a Brit can understand the English of the American South as well as East coast English.
• Cambridge, England
@MALUSE What they really speak in the Deep South (not what you hear in films, of course) is pretty much of a mystery to everyone else, American or British. I can understand 'East Coast' Americans pretty well ... far better, in fact, than I can understand Deep Norfolk (only 50 miles from where I live)!
• United States
I wouldn’t see why not. There are variations of Spanish, based on the country. There are numerous “dialects” of Chinese. There’s even variations of German (formal and informal). But I do concur that “America and England are two countries separated by a common language,” as George Bernard Shaw said.
Every language has a formal and an informal side. It is much more distinct in English than in German. You learn about the reasons for this when you study English at university. The answer to your question is here:
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