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Meriam-Wesbsters Collegiate Dictionary gives us a brief definition of Standard English in the reading saying that all English speakers know the language well enough to communicate with each other Lippi-Green 53 Obviously people from different regions in the United States will speak English somewhat differently but one still can determine that English is being spoken There are other sources that have a different take on Standard English however One example Chambers Dictionary looks at how only people who have received a good education can use Standard English Lippi-Green 54 The Cambridge International Dictionary of English as well as the English Journal also shares a similar sentiment by saying how people are taught Standard English rather than all English speakers being able to use it Lippi-Green 54 Socioeconomic status plays a role in language due to the fact that those who can afford a good education are looked at favorably specifically when it comes to language We as a society tend to try and emulate those who are successful and those who have power or influence Professors doctors and politicians may be experts in their respective fields but they also have a larger vocabulary than the average person We also view people as more intelligent and having a better grasp at the English language given the more schooling he or she has received Lippi-Green 55 It is interesting to see Dennis Prestons study regarding what states are highly educated versus states that are deemed inferior regarding their education system when talking to a group of individuals Lippi-Green 56 The wealthiest areas in the United States generally consist of more people with advanced degrees than poorer areas and thus peoples speech is more complex People in urban areas typically value education more so than families in rural areas This also reveals why the participants in Dennis Prestons study ranked the states according to how they viewed their use of English Lippi-Green 57 The main assumptions of the
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