Nonstandard vs Destandardize - What's the difference?

nonstandard | destandardize |

As an adjective nonstandard

is not standard.

As a noun nonstandard

is something that is not standard.

As a verb destandardize is

to render nonstandard; to withdraw as a standard.



Alternative forms

* non-standard


(en adjective)
  • Not standard.
  • (linguistics) Not conforming to the language as used by the majority of its speakers.
  • *
  • The resulting sequence of covert wh-pronoun + Complementiser'' has an overt counterpart in nonstandard varieties of English, as the following example (recorded from a BBC radio programme) illustrates:
    (91)      England put themselves in a position [''whereby that
    they took a lot of credit for tonight?s game] (Ron Greenwood, BBC radio 4)

    Derived terms

    * nonstandard dialect * nonstandard item * nonstandard method * nonstandard unit


    (en noun)
  • Something that is not standard.
  • * 2008 , Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel, Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows Vista (page 438)
  • Unlike the TV standard we are all accustomed to, the Web is the wild, wild West of video nonstandards .




  • To render nonstandard; to withdraw as a standard.