Standard English (SE) is the variety of English language that is used as the national norm—the standard language—in an English-speaking country, especially as the language for printed, public, and formal usages. In England and Wales, the term Standard English identifies British English, the Received Pronunciation accent, and the grammar and vocabulary of United Kingdom Standard English (UKSE). In Scotland, the SE is Scottish Standard English; in the United States, General American is the spoken standard; and in Australia, the national standard is General Australian English. Sociologically, the national variety of Standard English is generally associated with education and prestige, though it has no inherent linguistic merit over other dialects of English used in a given society.
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