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Is this a correct definition of American English?

American English is a collection of English dialects spoken over the USA and in a few other places. Standard American English and Appalachian English are just two examples of American English.
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I would prefer General American to Standard American.
Mister MicawberI would prefer General American to Standard American.

What's the difference, Mr M?
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Is there a standard for American English?
User531Is there a standard for American English?

Isn't it that which is taught and tested in schools throughout the land?
Hi Anon,
American English is a collection of English dialects spoken over the USA and in a few other places.
I prefer 'North American English' to 'American English'. Keep in mind that Canadian English is relatively close to United States English. And Canada happens to be in North America geographically as well.

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Hi Milky:

In my opinion,American English has some varieties in terms of geography, social status, ethnic group, and i would like to define American standard English to be that which you normally hear from annoncers on network television or public radios.
Finding a definition of "American English" is doomed to failure since there really is no such thing as English. What there is in fact is a collection of more or less similar idiolects. All you can hope for is a characterisation of the notion of (American) English.

"Standard English" is a controversial notion so not only would you fail to find a definition but you would also fail to come up with a characterisation that is universally satisfactory.

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<Finding a definition of "American English" is doomed to failure since there really is no such thing as English. >

Would you say the same about French food?
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