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dialect

[dī′əlekt]
a variation of spoken language different from other forms of the same language in pronunciation, syntax, and word meanings. A particular dialect is usually shared by members of an ethnic group, socioeconomic group, or people living together in a geographic area.

dialect

Sociology A sublanguage system spoken in a region or by a particular group of people. See Ebonics. Cf Jargon, Slang.

di·a·lect

(dī'ă-lekt)
The aggregate of generally local shifts in pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary from a perceived less localized standard.
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Police official Markus Mitloehner said that the man is thought to be a local since he speaks the regional dialect - with nary a trace of Obama's more professorial accent.
It is appearing all over the UK and when that appears in a regional dialect you start to ask: 'Is this a regional dialect or not?
Something wise is still wise even if spelt wrong or said in a regional dialect I keep telling myself.
The child of Hiroshima immigrants, she was born in 1930 and raised in Vancouver's Japanese-Canadian society, where she was enculturated to Hiroshima customs and traditions and also to the regional dialect.
One must have knowledge of Algerian history and politics and of the regional dialect in order to work through the semantic, political, and historical layers of Le serment des barbares and to internalize this fascinating trek through contemporary Algeria.
Headmaster Jim Hartley admitted there was a problem with the use of regional dialect, known as 'Pompey slang', in the classroom.
I think anything that erodes the character of regional dialect is a great shame.
He said: 'We are always keen to include regional dialect words in the dictionary, as this enables us to better reflect the society that we live in.
Renee Lum, AVP/Manager of American Savings Bank's Customer Service Center, will speak to their award-winning telebanking application from Intervoice that uses a local female voice talent that greets callers with a regional dialect and salutations such as 'Aloha' and 'Mahalo' in order to project a local image.
It will involve 80 young people from Tyne and Wear investigating various aspects of the regional dialect.
The poll found that only three per cent of youngsters would understanda text in a regional dialect.
The regional dialect in the North East is great though and when I go home I love hearing people speak.

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