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The routes in which the English dialect is transmitted through a traditional arrangement of sounds. Contrast with composed English.

Communicated in English, says etymologist David Crystal, is "the more common and across the board method of transmission, however incidentally the one which a great many people discover considerably less natural - probably on the grounds that it is quite a lot more hard to 'see' what is occurring in discourse than in stating".

Lately, language specialists have thought that it was simpler to "'see' what is going on in discourse" through the accessibility of corpus assets - automated databases containing "genuine living" cases of both talked and composed English. The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999) is a contemporary reference linguistic use of English in view of a huge scale corpus.

The investigation of discourse sounds (or talked dialect) is the branch of semantics known as phonetics. The investigation of sound changes in a dialect is phonology.