Language and Regional Variation - Linguistic Structure of the English Language

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Regional accents show great variation across the areas where English is spoken as a first language. This reading provided an overview of the many identifiable variations in pronunciation, deriving from the phoneme inventory of the local dialect, of the local variety of Standard English between various populations of native English speakers.
Local accents are part of local dialects. Dialects of English have unique features in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. I have learned that the term "accent" describes pronunciation. It is interesting to listen to non-native speakers of English carry over the intonation and phonemic inventory from their mother tongue into their English speech. This is evident when a student from Senagal had
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Because of this, it is obvious that speakers of different dialects of one language understand each other without major difficulties. It is interesting to know that one language user can speak two different dialects, or varieties of one language. In countries like China or Malta there are distinct forms of language that are used on everyday basis and on special occasions. If one variety of language is more prestigious than the other, both are called diglossia.
In regional variations of a language within the boundaries of a country or speech community, there are other factors influencing language change. In certain areas of the world English has been used as a lexifier that is a language which is a source of words, for varieties of language called pidgins. I have learned that a pidgin, or a contact language, is a mixture of two other languages created usually because of trading purposes between peoples who do not share a common means of communication. English-based pidgins are used in India, Cameroon, or Nigeria. Such varieties of language often have limited vocabulary, poorly developed grammar and are used only when other types of communication are impossible. When a pidgin begins to be used by a larger number of people, its vocabulary and grammar expand, and it starts to be used in a wider context. When it is developed as a contact language, pidgin does not have any native speakers, it is used on a wider scale. The

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