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11-04-2014, 08:49 AM
International English Language Standard?
So with things like time or measurements, somewhere in the world is an item or clock that everyone else in the world adjusts to. It's our universal standard.

Now language is more fluid, and there's no standard. But for English, is there some sort of group or dictionary that's recognized as the official standard for English? If governments or universities want to use words or phrases correctly for their official publications, where do they go to look up the standard? "Is atheism a belief, or lack of belief? What does this standard say..."
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11-04-2014, 09:43 AM
RE: International English Language Standard?
There is not one actually. Most languages have some sort of governing body (usually an academy) to determine when a word should be added or if it is merely slang and unworthy of official status. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lan...regulators

English is an outlier on that and has no such body. The closest we have is the Webster's Dictionary but even that is not Authoritative.

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11-04-2014, 09:57 AM
RE: International English Language Standard?
Europe has started a standardisation program:

Quote:The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen world!
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11-04-2014, 10:20 AM
RE: International English Language Standard?
(11-04-2014 09:57 AM)Hafnof Wrote:  Europe has started a standardisation program:

Quote:The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase-in plan that would be known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru! And zen world!
http://www.ahajokes.com/eng011.html

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11-04-2014, 10:35 PM
RE: International English Language Standard?
I suppose for standard English language from England (regardless of slang and regional dialects) the Oxford dictionary is about as close as you can get.

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11-04-2014, 11:21 PM
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(11-04-2014 10:35 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  I suppose for standard English language from England (regardless of slang and regional dialects) the Oxford dictionary is about as close as you can get.

yabut they added "twerking" as an actual word

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11-04-2014, 11:23 PM
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(11-04-2014 11:21 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  
(11-04-2014 10:35 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  I suppose for standard English language from England (regardless of slang and regional dialects) the Oxford dictionary is about as close as you can get.

yabut they added "twerking" as an actual word

That's the 'fun' thing about English, love, if enough people say it, then it's a word. A stupid word is still a word. Irregardless is in my dictionary :/ Big Grin

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11-04-2014, 11:26 PM
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11-04-2014, 11:49 PM
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(11-04-2014 11:23 PM)LostandInsecure Wrote:  
(11-04-2014 11:21 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  yabut they added "twerking" as an actual word

That's the 'fun' thing about English, love, if enough people say it, then it's a word. A stupid word is still a word. Irregardless is in my dictionary :/ Big Grin

dafuq?
Regardless=without regard
irragardless: without without regard= with regard?
I thought there was a thing called "no double negatives" ?

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12-04-2014, 12:46 AM
RE: International English Language Standard?
(11-04-2014 11:49 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  
(11-04-2014 11:23 PM)LostandInsecure Wrote:  That's the 'fun' thing about English, love, if enough people say it, then it's a word. A stupid word is still a word. Irregardless is in my dictionary :/ Big Grin

dafuq?
Regardless=without regard
irragardless: without without regard= with regard?
I thought there was a thing called "no double negatives" ?

I feel like irregardless should technically mean something like regardful lol. But it just means- I want to say regardless and sound extra smart while saying it and/or I don't actually know that regardless is a word and I think I am saying it right. :/

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