Language variety world wide
One of the most fascinating aspects of languages in general is
that they are alive and developing. Dialects and language variation
very often are a direct effect of a language's history and development.
While dialects are gradually becoming less noticeable due to the
influence of mass media and individual mobility, another kind of
language variety has moved into the focus of scientific attention:
independent local centers have developed their unique standardized
Languages with more than one standard are called pluricentric.
Possibly the best known example is English
and Canadian English
being on the par. Other famous examples include German,
Spanish or Chinese.
Click on the world map for information on varieties of the language
What sounds like linguistic hairsplitting actually has a reverberation
into real life. Those varieties are not considered to be dialects,
but are equally correct and acceptable in all contexts, even academic
exams and legal agreements. Find out about language varieties world