Standard English Essay

1202 Words Mar 5th, 2011 5 Pages
The question to ask is: ‘Why not use Standard English all the time?’

Language is a powerful communication tool the user holds to express their individual identity and ingroup solidarity. The use of Standard English helps to direct this, as it acts as the structure of communication, ingroup and between speech communities to effectively present a standard for mutual understanding. Outside of Standard English comes the use of slang, netspeak and textspeak, which helps to develop and enrich the language, as well as evolve with contemporary Australia and its fast paced lifestyle. Using the Standard all the time would be exclusive of the linguistic freedom formed by the world beyond Standard English with varying ethnolects, but is also a
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Aboriginal English is just as legit as Standard English, its purpose and use is as effective for its users as Standard English is for their users. It is counted as a vital tool for their speakers, and because it is not the Standard, does not mean it’s not as important as a mode of communication and self identity.

Language variations help to form an identity for the speaker, whereas Standard English provides a common ground for everyone to use through lexical, syntactic and grammatical structures. The Australian national identity is filled with shared colloquialisms from the wide speech community, and represents the core values we adhere to, as well as our personality. To ‘have a fair go’ is not a part of Standard English, but works on Australians’ behalf to express our laidback and carefree character, a unique idiom known to our nation, exclusive of others beyond the speech community. A popular part of Australia’s culture is football, with many idioms and phrases within the media expressive of our identity, developed from the structures of Standard English. To allow someone a ‘fair go’ is allowing one equal treatment, and was present with Jack Riewoldt when the player did not receive his fair share of free kicks, clearly there but not acknowledged by the umpires, with the coach, Hardwick, exclaiming ‘Give Jack Riewoldt a fair go’, directing

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