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List of dialects of English

List of dialects of English

Dialects are linguistic varieties that may differ in pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, and other aspects of grammar. For the classification of varieties of English only in of pronunciation, see regional accents of English.


Dialects can be defined as "sub-forms of languages which are, in general, mutually comprehensible." English speakers from different countries and regions use a variety of different accents (systems of pronunciation) as well as various localized words and grammatical constructions. Many different dialects can be identified based on these factors. Dialects can be classified at broader or narrower levels: within a broad national or regional dialect, various more localised sub-dialects can be identified, and so on. The combination of differences in pronunciation and use of local words may make some English dialects almost unintelligible to speakers from other regions without any prior exposure.

The major native dialects of English are often divided by linguists into three general categories: the British Isles dialects, those of North America, and those of Australasia. Dialects can be associated not only with place but also with particular social groups. Within a given English-speaking country, there is a form of the language considered to be Standard English: the Standard Englishes of different countries differ and can themselves be considered dialects. Standard English is often associated with the more educated layers of society as well as more formal registers.

British and American English are the reference norms for English as spoken, written, and taught in the rest of the world, excluding countries in which English is spoken natively such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. In many former British Empire countries in which English is not spoken natively, British English forms are closely followed, alongside numerous American English usages that have become widespread throughout the English-speaking world. Conversely, a number of countries with historical ties to the United States tend to follow American English conventions. Many of these countries, while retaining strong British English or American English influences, have developed their own unique dialects, which include Indian English and Philippine English.

Chief among other native English dialects are Canadian English and Australian English, which rank third and fourth in the number of native speakers. For the most part, Canadian English, while featuring numerous British forms, alongside indigenous Canadianisms, shares vocabulary, phonology and syntax with American English, which leads many to recognise North American English as an organic grouping of dialects. Australian English, likewise, shares many American and British English usages, alongside plentiful features unique to Australia and retains a significantly higher degree of distinctiveness from both larger varieties than does Canadian English. South African English, New Zealand English and Irish English are also distinctive and rank fifth, sixth, and seventh in the number of native speakers.


English language in Europe

Great Britain

  • British English


English language in England:

  • Standard English (Not to be confused with the accent Received Pronunciation)
  • Northern
    • Lancastrian (Lancashire) and Cheshire
      • Bolton
      • Mancunian (Manchester)
      • Scouse (Merseyside)
    • Cumbrian (Cumbria)
      • Barrovian (Barrow-in-Furness)
    • Northumbrian (Northumberland and County Durham)
      • Geordie (Tyneside)
      • Mackem (Sunderland)
      • Pitmatic (Great Northern Coalfield)
      • Smoggie (Teesside)
    • Yorkshire
  • East Midlands
    • Lincolnshire
  • West Midlands
    • Black Country
    • Brummie (Birmingham)
    • Potteries (north Staffordshire)
    • Coventry
  • East Anglian
    • Norfolk
    • Suffolk
    • Essex
  • Southern
    • Cockney (working-class London and surrounding areas)
    • Estuary (middle-class London, Home Counties and Hampshire)
    • Multicultural London (London)
    • Sussex
  • West Country
    • Cornwall
    • Bristolian
    • Dorset
    • Janner (Plymouth)


  • Scottish English comprising varieties based on the Standard English of England.
    • Glasgow
    • Highland English


  • Welsh English
    • Abercraf
    • Cardiff
    • Gower
    • Port Talbot

Non-geographic based English

  • Angloromani

British dependencies and territories

  • Channel Islands: Channel Island English
  • Isle of Man: Manx English
  • Gibraltar: Gibraltarian English


  • Hiberno-English (Irish English)
    • Ulster
      • Ulster Scots dialect (contested)
    • Leinster
      • Dublin
        • Dublin 4 (D4)
    • South-West Ireland
  • Extinct
    • Yola language (also known as Forth and Bargy dialect), thought to have been a descendant of Middle English, spoken in County Wexford
    • Fingallian, another presumed descendant of Middle English, spoken in Fingal

Continental Europe

  • Euro English
    • English in Denmark
    • English in Finland
    • English in Germany
    • English in the Netherlands
    • English in Norway
    • English in Spain
    • English in Sweden

Eastern Europe

  • Runglish


  • English in Cyprus
  • Maltenglish

North America

United States

American English:

  • Cultural and ethnic American English
    • African American English
      • African-American Vernacular English ("Ebonics")
    • Cajun Vernacular English
    • General American: the "standard" or "mainstream" spectrum of American English
    • Latino (Hispanic) Vernacular Englishes
      • Chicano English (Mexican-American English)
      • Miami English
      • New York Latino English
    • Pennsylvania Dutch English
    • Yeshiva English
    • American Indian English
      • Lumbee English
  • Regional and local American English
    • Northern American English
      • Inland Northern English: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Western New York, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and most of the U.S. Great Lakes region
      • New England English
        • Eastern New England English (including Boston and Maine English)
          • Rhode Island English
        • Western New England English: Connecticut, Hudson Valley, western Massachusetts, and Vermont
      • North-Central (Upper Midwestern) English: northern Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana
    • Metropolitan New York English
    • Southeast Super-Regional English
      • Midland American English
        • North Midland English: Iowa City, Omaha, Lincoln, Columbia, Springfield, Muncie, Columbus, etc.
        • South Midland English: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, St. Louis (in transition), Decatur, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Dayton, etc.
      • "Hoi Toider" English: traditional dialect of the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier, Ocracoke, the Outer Banks, Virginia Barrier Islands, etc.
      • New Orleans English
      • Philadelphia English
        • Baltimore English
      • Southern American English
        • Southern Appalachian English: Linden, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville, and Greenville
        • Texan English: Lubbock, Odessa, and Dallas
        • Tennessean English: Nashville, Murfreesboro, Memphis
    • Western American English
      • California English
      • Pacific Northwest English
    • Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) English
  • Extinct or near-extinct American English
    • Boontling
    • Older Southern American English
    • Mid-Atlantic or Transatlantic English
  • American English-based hybrid languages (creoles or pidgins)
    • Afro-Seminole Creole
    • Gullah language/Sea Island Creole English, South-East US related to Bahamian creole
    • Hawaiian Pidgin


Canadian English:

  • Aboriginal English in Canada
    • Bungi of the Canadian Metis people of British descent
  • Atlantic Canadian English
    • Lunenburg English
    • Newfoundland English
  • Greater Toronto English
  • Ottawa Valley English
  • Quebec English
  • Standard Canadian English
    • Pacific Northwest English

Caribbean, Central, and South America


  • Caribbean English

The Bahamas

  • Bahamian English
    • Bahamian Creole


  • Bajan English
    • Bajan Creole


  • Belizean English
    • Belizean Creole


  • Bermudian English

Cayman Islands

  • Cayman Islands English


  • San Andrés–Providencia Creole

Costa Rica

  • Limonese Creole

Dominican Republic

  • Samaná English

Falkland Islands

  • Falkland Islands English


  • Guyanese English
    • Guyanese Creole


  • Bay Islands English


  • Jamaican English
    • Jamaican Patois


  • Miskito Coast Creole
    • Rama Cay Creole


  • Bocas del Toro Creole

Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rican English
  • Virgin Islands Creole


  • Saban English

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Vincentian English
    • Vincentian Creole
    • Iyaric

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Trinidadian and Tobagonian English
    • Tobagonian Creole
    • Trinidadian Creole

Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Turks and Caicos Creole

Virgin Islands

  • Virgin Islands Creole



  • Bangladeshi English (Benglish or Banglish)


  • Brunei English

Myanmar (Burma)

  • Burmese/Myanmar English

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong English


  • Chinese Pidgin English (Extinct)
  • Chinglish


Indian English:

  • Standard Indian English
    • Indian English: the "standard" English used by government administration, it derives from the British Indian Empire.
    • Butler English: (also Bearer English or Kitchen English), once an occupational dialect, now a social dialect.
    • Hinglish: a growing macaronic hybrid use of English and Indian languages.
  • Regional and local Indian English
    • East Region: Oriya English, Maithili English, Assamese/Bengali English, North-East Indian English etc.
    • West Region: Gujarati English, Maharashtrian English etc.
    • North Region: Hindustani English, Delhi/Punjabi English, UP/Bihari English, Rajasthani English etc.
    • South Region: Telugu English, Kannada English, Kanglish, Tenglish, Tanglish, Tamil English, Malayali English etc.


  • English in Japan
  • Engrish

South Korea

  • Korean English


  • Malaysian English
  • Manglish

Middle East

  • Middle Eastern English (or Arablish)


  • Nepali English


  • Pakistani English
  • Urdish


  • Philippine English
  • Taglish
  • Bislish


  • Singapore English
  • Singlish

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lankan English
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  • Cameroonian English

The Gambia

  • Gambian English


  • Ghanaian English


  • Kenyan English


  • Liberian English
  • Merico language


  • Malawian English


  • Namlish


  • Nigerian English

Sierra Leone

  • Sierra Leonean English

South Africa

  • South African English: Black South African English, White South African English, Indian South African English etc.
    • Cape Flats English

South Atlantic

  • South Atlantic English spoken on Tristan da Cunha and Saint Helena


  • Ugandan English


  • Zambian English


  • Zimbabwean English



Australian English

  • General Australian: Broad Australian, Cultivated Australian, Mediterranean accent etc.
    • Australian Aboriginal English
    • South Australian English
    • Western Australian English
    • Torres Strait English


Fiji English

New Zealand

New Zealand English: Māori English, Pasifika English, Southland accent, West Coast Irish Catholic accent, Taranaki accent etc.


Palauan English

South Atlantic

  • South Atlantic English

World Global English

These dialects are used in everyday conversation almost all over the world, and are used as lingua francas and to determine grammar rules and guidelines.

  • Standard English
  • Learning English
  • International English
  • English as a lingua franca
  • Simplified Technical English


  • Antarctic English

See also

  • American English regional vocabulary
    • North American English regional phonology
  • English-based creole languages
  • History of the English language
    • Old English
    • Middle English
    • Early Modern English
    • Modern English
  • Linguistic purism in English
  • List of English-based pidgins
  • Macaronic language
  • Regional accents of English
  • Schneider's dynamic model
  • Survey of English Dialects
  • World Englishes


Further reading

  • Hickey, Raymond (2014). A Dictionary of Varieties of English. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-65641-9.
  • Nunan, David (2012), What Is This Thing Called Language?, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-137-28499-0.
  • Okrent, A. (2010), In the Land of Invented Languages: A Celebration of Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius, Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, ISBN 978-0-8129-8089-9.
  • Hickey, Raymond, ed. (2010). Varieties of English in Writing. The Written Word as Linguistic Evidence. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. ISBN 978-90-272-4901-2.
  • Hickey, Raymond, ed. (2004). Legacies of Colonial English. Studies in Transported Dialects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-17507-4.
  • Fischer, Steven Roger (2004), History of Language, Reaktion Books, ISBN 978-1-86189-594-3.
  • Crystal, David (2003). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (Second ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-521-53033-0.
  • Bolton, K. (2002), Hong Kong English: Autonomy and Creativity, Asian Englishes Today, Hong Kong University Press, ISBN 978-962-209-553-3, retrieved 2015-10-22.
  • "English Language § Varieties of English", Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. 6 (Earth–Everglades) (Fifth ed.), 1974, pp. 883–886.

External links

  • Sounds Familiar? Listen to examples of regional accents and dialects from across the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar?' website
  • A national map of the regional dialects of American English
  • IDEA Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine – International Dialects of English Archive
  • English Dialects – English Dialects around the world
  • Dialect poetry from the English regions
  • American Languages: Our Nation's Many Voices - An online audio resource presenting interviews with speakers of German-American and American English dialects from across the United States
  • electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English (eWAVE)

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