Differences Between Language And Language

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For many English people where they are from is important. The place where we grew up is significant to us. It bears less significance for some though. More common than in the past, families move around the country and there is an increasing number of people who are not really ‘from’ anywhere, having had a ‘nomadic’ childhood. Trudgill (1999) expresses that a key part to our identity is our accent and dialect. Some people’s regional identity is linked with speaking another language as well as English. Most of us have regional features in the way we speak English. Some upper class people have regionless accents and some mask their regional origins. The majority though, speak in a way which identifies them with a particular place. Even if we move around the country and the way we speak alters, we all usually carry some trace of our accent and dialect origins. Our accent and dialect is used by others as information to work out where we are from. People from different regional origins have different labels depending on how they sound when they speak. Such as ‘scouse’ if they are from Liverpool. Our accent is how we pronounce English and our dialect is the grammar and words we use. The two usually go together but occasionally they do not. We can see this when we look at Standard English and the BBC. Standard English is the dialect used in writing, it is spoken by the most powerful and educated members of the population. People with a BBC accent speak with a Standard English
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