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Both these terms are usually taken to refer to regional varieties. An accent is a regional thing, but dialects can be social or occupational.
relates to the way things are pronounced (e.g. whether you say “grass” with a short or long “a” sound). RP is an accent.
relates to the words and grammatical forms you use (e.g. whether you call a bread roll a “batch” or a “cob” etc etc). Standard English is a dialect.
The two are related to a certain extent but can be separated. For example, it is possible to speak a dialect in a standard (i.e. non-
Make sure you are clear on which is which, and on whether you are being asked to describe accent (phonological) or dialect (lexical & grammatical) features, or both.
Why do people use regional features?
Key ideas = Identity & Community