Standard US English Dialect?

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Mon Apr 14 13:35:41 UTC 2008

From:    Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>
> Poster:       LanDi Liu <strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM>

> <snip>

>> As far as NYC middle class goes, that means very little as far as
>> accents go.  Because of the large amount of people that live in NYC
>> that weren't born there, and the fact that different boroughs in NYC
>> have different accents to begin with, and the fact that class and
>> accent aren't so easily correlated anymore, I don't think anyone could
>> say what a NYC middle class accent is.  So probably the people in
>> Japan and China (and elsewhere) think capital = standard.  Most people
>> think Beijing Chinese is standard, but that's a myth as well.


> Washington DC is the capital of the US, not NYC.

And of course, in dInIs's own work (see "Where the worst English is
spoken"), you find that Washington DC does remarkably well in US folks'
ratings for correctness--so maybe this capital==standard (or at least
nearly standard) thing works in the US, as well.

David, who grew up near enough to DC to disbelieve that NYC's really as
important a city as it seems to believe

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