eye dialect

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EtymologyEdit

From eye + dialect. First used by George P. Krapp in The English Language in America (1925) in reference to written dialogue that uses nonstandard spelling but doesn't indicate an unusual pronunciation.

NounEdit

eye dialect (countable and uncountable, plural eye dialects)

  1. (uncountable) Nonstandard spellings, which however do not change pronunciation, deliberately used by an author to indicate that the speaker uses a nonstandard or dialectal speech.
  2. (countable) A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.
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Last modified on 19 April 2014, at 14:25