Devereux Education

English Language Consultancy

Accents, Dialects, Standard English & Snobbery

In a previous blog, `Language & Culture: Two Sides of the Same Coin`, I had discussed the link between cultural domination and the enforced use of a particular language. In this blog, we will think about a more complex, but related issue.

The important questions are:

  1. how do you use English as a native speaker;
  2. why do you want to learn English as a non-native speaker?

As a native speaker, one may wish either to entertain or inform and this is a really important issue. If one is a `performance artist` of any type, then the aim is to make use of the UK`s regional accents and dialects to reflect the particular histories of our wonderful, native culture. For me, the `Geordie` dialect is very beautiful with its rich, high tones and amazing vocabulary. Of course, this dialect may prove to be completely incomprehensible to the learner of English.  If one`s role is to inform others working in one`s chosen profession, then the Standard English of the perfect `Radio 4` presenter is an obvious necessity.

The poverty of the many past discussions about the above lay in their absence of an emphasis on the reasons for English language use. One had to use Standard English in all circumstances because this then became the evidence of one`s social status.

You do not believe me?!? Well, surely we all have heard the family stories of our grandparents in which the pupils of the past were reprimanded for speaking in the local accent or dialect. No, `away with` language snobbery and instead, let us emphasise an appropriate use of language which celebrates all forms of spoken and written English.

Devereux Education and its associate schools, the Liverpool Online Language School, the Preston Language School and the Southport Language School are very aware of the importance of this issue. If you want to use your English more appropriately or if you want to learn English for any of the above reasons, then do not hesitate to contact me via the website link below.

Chris Devereux,

Director, Devereux Education.

www.devereuxeducation.co.uk

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