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Dialect fiction


  • Works of fiction that incorporate the speech patterns of a particular region or social group.
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    • found: Cuddon, J. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998 (Dialect: A language or manner of speaking peculiar to an individual or class or region. Usually belongs to a region. A dialect differs from the standard language of a country, in some cases very considerably. A good deal of literature is in dialect, especially that created in the earlier stages of a country's civilization. A large number of novelists have used dialect forms, particularly to give verisimilitude to dialogue.)
    • found: Henry, L. A fiction dictionary, c1995 (Dialect: The distinctive habits of speech used by a particular race, class or regional group. "y'all", for example is an example of southern dialect. Effective dialect in general will be composed of a combination of techniques, expressing the rhythms of entire sentences rather than simply substituting standard English words with colorful regionalisms. See eye dialect. Eye dialect: An author's misspelling of a word to indicate that it is being spoken by an ignorant or non-native speaker of the language--even though, if the word were actually pronounced the way it has been misspelled, the pronunciation would be the standard, correct spelling. In the sentence, "Ah cain't kum raht naow," "kum" is eye-dialect spelling.)
    • found: Karantzi, C. Literary dialects and dialectal literature, via WWW, Oct. 14, 2014 (A literary dialect is best defined as an author's attempt to represent in writing a speech that is restricted regionally, socially or both. The use of regional dialects in creative literature (short story, novel, drama, poetry) gives an authenticity to the creative work.)
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    • Works of fiction that incorporate the speech patterns of a particular region or social group.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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