Dipak Bhattacharya dbhattacharya2004 at YAHOO.CO.IN
Thu Feb 19 06:56:42 UTC 2009

Thanks! These new developments are welcome as further moulding the standard speech. But that there remains a standard ie literary dialect varying from ideolect(institutional in this case) to ideolect is not denied, I think. Moreover the happenings are new. That such things cannot be confirmed for the Rgveda should not make it being looked upon as an artificial language. Think of Milton or Gibbon making such language as mentioned above their own! They too wrote in a living language.  

--- On Thu, 19/2/09, Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK> wrote:

From: Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK>
Subject: Re: frequencies
Date: Thursday, 19 February, 2009, 10:51 AM

> Moreover, standard dialects exist everywhere. The BBC does not allow
Cockney in speeches delivered through it. Does it? And does that make Standard
British English an artificial language?

Um, yes, the BBC does include what is referred to more neutrally as
"Estuary English" in radio broadcasts, all the time.  The BBC long ago
ceased to cast itself as an arbiter of linguistic performance.  Being
judgemental about dialect in England is still such a minefield that the
institutions can't possibly take hard positions.  Like the OED, the BBC sees
its job in this area as representative rather than didactic.  It remains true,
though, that there are more Received Pronunciation speakers at peak times and in
critical slots like the evening news.  Interestingly, a slight Scottish accent
is widely perceived in S. England as attractive, authoritative, and correct.


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