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Re: SV: Re: Some conlang questions

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Sunday, December 29, 2002, 5:38
Michael Fors wrote:
> how would one go about making up dialects? i know that dialects are > phonetic variations (?). Would one just modify the sounds a little bit, or > is there more to a dialect than that?
Actually, dialects are more than just phonetic variations. Purely phonetic differences are accents. A dialect has, at the very least, differences in vocabulary, and usually a few grammatical differences. Like, in English, the second person plural varies by dialect between "you", "you all", "y'all", "youse", "you guys", "you-uns", "you people", and probably a few more options. Also, some dialects accept double negatives. Standard English does not accept double modals (like, "might can" or "should ought"), but some dialects do permit it. Standard English uses inversion with wh-words, but some dialects don't ("What you did?") -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


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