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Todd Moody wrote:
> [...] People who don't speak the acrolect(s) of English are still 
> speaking English.� There is no Platonic ideal spoken form of any 
> language, Esperanto included.� Zamenhof created a norm, of course, but 
> his exact pronunciation is mostly obliterated by time.� Other model 
> speakers have come and gone, such as Ivo Lapenna.� But without a 
> significant, and geographically collected, body of native speakers, 
> the notion of "100% accurate" pronunciation has even less sense in 
> Esperanto (or any other auxlang) than it has in the case of natural 
> languages.
> �
> Todd
>
... but in Esperanto, in practice, we do compare the pronunciation of 
different speakers, and say that A has a "good" pronunciation, whereas B 
has a "bad" pronunciation. The criterion seems to be that the harder it 
is to guess what country a person comes from, the better the 
pronunciation is.

Geoffrey King