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What's the difference between the various dialects of English?

I know of American English and British English, but how many other types of English are there?

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marked as duplicate by jwpat7, Daniel, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Gnawme, Andrew Leach Jul 19 '12 at 18:45

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possible duplicate of What's the difference between the various dialects of English? - While not exactly the same question, the answers are for same. Also see question #22622 –  jwpat7 Jul 19 '12 at 18:22
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What are you asking, exactly? How many dialects are there of English? Because that's a very very difficult question to answer. –  fluffy Jul 19 '12 at 18:23
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Wikipedia has a list of major ones. –  Daniel Jul 19 '12 at 18:24
    
The "duplicate" question doesn't mention Asian dialects of English. However, I believe the question is Not Constructive as it invites a list which can never be definitive. –  Andrew Leach Jul 19 '12 at 18:45
    
I expect that the correct answer would be slightly in excess of two billion. –  user16269 Jul 20 '12 at 7:05

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Those are the biggest but, there are more. Also, British English is misleading as a term. It's really more of a collective term for the different forms of the language, within the UK. Covering what is literally English (the language used in England) and the other, non-English British forms.

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I'm reliably informed that Britain has far more dialectal variability than America, despite the fact that there are far less of us, and we live much closer together on average. –  FumbleFingers Nov 8 '12 at 23:08

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