Dialect Examples

Dialect

Dialect refers to a pattern of speech used in a particular region or area of a country. Different dialects can also be used by different classes of people. Writers often use dialects to develop setting and characters.

Examples of Dialect:

Examples of Use of Dialect in Literature

1. In My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle has a specific working-class dialect, which the Professor attempts to educate out of her so that she can pass as a "lady."

Lots of chocolate for me to eat! / Lots of coal makin' lots of heat / Warm face, warm hands, warm feet / Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?

2. In Huck Finn, Twain develops characters by having them speak various dialects common to their station in the American South. Jim and Huck speak very differently in the novel:

Jim: "We's safe, Huck, we's safe! Jump up and crack yo' heels. Dat's de good ole Cairo at las', I jis knows it."

Huck: "I'll take the canoe and go see, Jim. It mightn't be, you know."

3. In To Kill a Mockingbird, many of the characters have different dialects, showing their class in the American South:

I was sittin' on the porch, and he come along. Uh, there's this old chifforobe in the yard, and I-I said, 'You come in here, boy, and bust up this chifforobe, and I'll give you a nickel.'

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