Welcome to the Language Varieties Web Site!!
This site is about
varieties of language that differ from the standard
variety that is normally used in the media and taught in
the schools. These include pidgins,
Many people think
that these varieties are just incorrect ways of speaking,
but they're not; they're just different! These varieties
have their own ways of pronouncing words, their own
special vocabulary and even their own grammatical rules.
For example, in
American English, you can say, "She's gotten
better." But in British English you'd say, "She's
People don't think one way is right and one way is wrong
- just that they're different. It's the same with the
language varieties described in this site.
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any of the locations on the map below to find out more
about a language variety spoken there.
(Or click on
the name of the variety below the map.)