Origin of dialect
Examples from the Web for dialect
He frequently slips into Neapolitan dialect so thick that is incomprehensible.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sicilian dialect is filled with Arabic words like mischinu (taken from the Arabic word miskin), which means a poor person.
Dialect, for instance, was not his métier, so like a true devotee of the form he exploited his incompetence for laughs.
“For me to learn any Romance or Germanic dialect, just put me in the environment, and it would come alive,” he said.Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More'|Michael Erard|January 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But it was in the dialect of the West African Fulani language and for weeks no translation was available.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser’s Detained “Fiancé” Amara Tarawally Speaks|Christine Pelisek, Terry Greene Sterling, Christopher Dickey|July 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In the 12th century the same gospels were again copied by pious hands into the Kentish dialect of the period.
It is also most mixed with words from the Cree dialect of the Algonkin.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man|Robert Gordon Latham
In vain had I tried to learn or collect words of the Bunda, or dialect spoken in Angola.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
His novels are marked by abundance of incident, skilful handling of dialect, and realistic portraiture.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
He holds a tumbler in his right hand, and swears, in his Yorkshire dialect, that he is 'King and a hauf!'The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2|Francis A. Leyland
British Dictionary definitions for dialect
- a form of a language spoken in a particular geographical area or by members of a particular social class or occupational group, distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
- a form of a language that is considered inferiorthe farmer spoke dialect and was despised by the merchants
- (as modifier)a dialect word
Word Origin for dialect
Word Origin and History for dialect
1570s, "form of speech of a region or group," from Middle French dialecte, from Latin dialectus "local language, way of speaking, conversation," from Greek dialektos "talk, conversation, speech;" also "the language of a country, dialect," from dialegesthai "converse with each other," from dia- "across, between" (see dia-) + legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)).