non-standard speech


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Noun1.non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
baby talk, babytalk - the developing speech of a young child
baby talk, babytalk, motherese - an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child
dialect, idiom, accent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
localism - a phrase or pronunciation that is peculiar to a particular locality
regionalism - a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region
telegraphese - language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams
vernacular - the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
slang, slang expression, slang term - informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar; "their speech was full of slang expressions"
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Author Nurhussein (English, University of Massachusetts-Boston) defines dialect and literary dialect as the ways in which writers evoke so-called non-standard speech written in English.
DeBose shows us two things: one, that in order to construct a message that resonates with the listener(s), the educated, middle-class African American female orator whom he observes invokes 'Standard Black English'; and, two, that the status of the individual and her multilingual abilities indicate the potential for a purposeful use of dialect regardless of the "stigma attached to non-standard speech.