In short: as far as I know, English in the USA has no official standards from the government for how it's to be written and used. There are just dictionaries. Spanish however, has the RAE, which is an official regulating body, and Japanese has the Ministry of Education which is also official. Has this lead to any differences in how English is developing compared to languages with official regulators?
I'm really interested in hearing about differences or just any findings anyone has on this topic.
According to the linked section of that Wikipedia page, people did try to standardize English a few hundred years ago, and it seems like it worked since we don't spell things like Shakespeare did.
An example of the old spelling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-language_spelling_reform#/media/File:Shakespeare_grave_-Stratford-upon-Avon_-3June2007.jpg
I know a similar reform happened with Japanese: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_script_reform#History
These reforms make sense, it keeps the written language matching with the spoken language. My question however is about how these languages are now, in modern times.
Does English accept bigger changes than languages like Spanish or Japanese would?
I'm sure all languages accept changes to accepted grammar, like caring less about "you and I" vs "you and me" or caring less about "lie down" vs "lay down" or "fewer" vs "less". People are going to speak the way they want. But do languages develop at different rates?
Does English accept bigger changes than regulated languages? I see "thru" a lot instead of "through", that would be an example of a big change.
Or does English allow dialects to flourish more? I think to learners of English, people that speak the so called "AAVE" or people that have a thick southern accent would sound radically different to standard English, and going back to Japanese I know there are dialects that are almost unintelligable to native speakers, but I wonder if those dialects grow or evolve as much as English ones?
I know this is a broad topic and I'm not exactly sure what I'm asking anymore. What I'm really looking for is either someone who's gone down this same thought train and found something or just any input or interesting facts anyone has related to this topic.