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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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The scholars put forward several proposals for working on different aspects of Pashto script on scientific lines so that the speakers of different dialects could use a standard script effectively for various academic and non-academic purposes.
The project's most challenging aspect was to maintain the author's style while adapting it for a local audience in a dialect that has no clear written form.
As part of a two-year Lost Dialects initiative, visitors to The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, at South Shields, were invited to jot down words and phrases they rarely heard anymore.
Barnes's dialect poems, I suggest, assert the dynamism and legitimacy of a community defined by the sounds of its speech--of, that is, an aural community--and this assertion emerges precisely in representation of emotional experience as it connects to acts of listening.
Dr Rees believes dialect areas are actually becoming less rigid, due to modern patterns like relocating for work or family reasons.
"I have wanted to promote my dad's work but dialect hasn't been fashionable," she said.
'To ensure that our dialects do not die, we need to encourage our children to speak the dialects.
"I think conflict, migration and relocation definitely has an effect on language and dialect. People who are forced to leave their country focus on communication with people in that society and therefore alter their dialect or learn a new language to fit in.
I recently read a booklet regarding Pembrokeshire's dialect by Menter Iaith Sir Benfro.
I am a proud Brummie and my own distinctive dialect is very much part of who I am.
As someone who speaks Welsh with a clear influence from Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, I would like to see primary schools learning the spoken dialect relevant to their area.