STANDARD ACCENT

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STANDARD ACCENT. An ACCENT that is (taken to be) STANDARD for a language or variety of a language: ‘The standard accent—the one that is regionless rather than regional—is the accent of a minority … and those who speak it are associated with high status, socially, politically and economically’ (J. K. Chambers, in In Search of the Standard in Canadian English, 1986).

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