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Old 10-22-2019, 11:48 PM
PatrickLondon is offline
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The old saying is that "a language is a dialect with an army". The notion of nations with a binding common cultural identity requires a standardised language, especially as the industrial age developed. France and Italy have had similar variations in dialect with a national push towards a standardised national language.

A post above mentioned broadcasting in Britain. When radio started and private experiments were subsumed into the BBC, it was consciously decided to standardise on one, "King's English" accent. Regional accents and dialects weren't banished entirely, though mostly heard in a diluted form. They were virtually never heard among the staff announcers and presenters. (This is also a matter of class differences).

There was some loosening of practice during WW2, but it wasn't until commercial TV was set up in the 1950s, on the basis of regional franchises, that there was a move towards welcoming such differences. But you'll still hear grumpy complaints about particular presenters' accents as being "wrong" (they daren't quite say "common"), with glottal stops and the like.

In Germany, there were particular postwar reasons for public policy to celebrate local and regional, rather than a standardised national, identity. As part of that, their public broadcasters are regionally-based.

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