The Primary and Secondary Dialects of The Common Tongue
s with every language, there are naturally, many different dialects of The Common Tongue. The distinction between the different dialects – when referred traditionally, to different forms of “English” have – too often – lead to divisiveness. This is no more true than in the area of language instruction and acquisition – (ultimately, at the expense of the learner.)
With The Common Tongue this is eliminated by changing the focus of the dialects – from highlighting the differences, to simply making distinctions which not only shorten and simplify the way in which we communicate – but also move the focus on the differences, purely to an “academic” and “semantic” theme (rather than cultural or nationalistic.)
How Is This Done?F
irst and foremost, this is done, by eliminating the monopolization on the name of the language, by one country and culture whose own unique version of the language is quite distinct from all the others.
(This, I hope, is understood to be an absolutely neutral and purely observational statement.)
This elimination of divisiveness is further done by separating ALL of the various dialects into only TWO major categories.
The Primary DialectsT
he Primary Dialects of The Common Tongue are those which originate from those countries and cultures which speak, as their native language, what has traditionally been referred to as, “English”.
So, rather than saying that one speaks “American-English”, “British-English”, etc… (since it is understood that these are all dialects of The Common Tongue) are now referred to simply as:
- Or, if one wishes, simply: “British”
- “New Zealand”
It is understood, of course, that these are all dialects of The Common Tongue, so it is un-necessary to say, (for example): “I speak the American Dialect of The Common Tongue… He speaks the English/British Dialect, etc..”
The Secondary DialectsA
s Primary Dialects refer to those originating in countries (and cultures) which have traditionally spoken and continually speak a dialect of The Common Tongue as their native langue — conversely, a Secondary Dialect, is the term used to refer to those dialects which originate from countries, cultures and regions which speak, another language as their Native language, but have indeed adopted The Common Tongue as a secondary language.
The reason for this is that their primary language has, does, and will undoubtedly have an effect on the pronunciation and colloquializations of The Common Tongue.
Examples of these countries or dialects could/would be:
- South-East Asian
It is understood that some of these countries and cultures (as with British and American in the Primary Dialect) will have distinctions and unique qualities of there own, as also various regions and cultures made up of more than one country or ethnic background (Balkan, Slavic, Russian, Asian) may also be grouped by and/or develop an overall dialect.