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a. A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists: Cockney is a dialect of English.
b. A variety of language that with other varieties constitutes a single language of which no single variety is standard: the dialects of Ancient Greek.
2. The language peculiar to the members of a group, especially in an occupation; jargon: the dialect of science.
3. The manner or style of expressing oneself in language or the arts.
4. A language considered as part of a larger family of languages or a linguistic branch. Not in scientific use: Spanish and French are Romance dialects.

[French dialecte, from Old French, from Latin dialectus, form of speech, from Greek dialektos, speech, from dialegesthai, to discourse, use a dialect : dia-, between, over; see dia- + legesthai, middle voice of legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

di′a·lec′tal adj.
di′a·lec′tal·ly adv.


(ˌdaɪ əˈlɛk tl)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a dialect.
di`a•lec′tal•ly, adv.
usage: In linguistics dialectal, not dialectical, is the term more commonly used to denote regional or social language variation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dialectal - belonging to or characteristic of a dialect; "dialectal variation"


[ˌdaɪəˈlektl] ADJdialectal


adjdialektal; (local, rural also) → mundartlich
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In the diversity of its forms, classic or dialectal, from oral expression to poetic calligraphy, the Arabic language has given rise to a fascinating aesthetic, in fields as varied as architecture, poetry, philosophy and song.
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A la question sur le danger qui menace la langue arabe a savoir l'arabe dialectal qui a tendance a accepter de plus en plus des mots [beaucoup moins que] etranges [beaucoup plus grand que], le president du HCLA estime que [beaucoup moins que] les algeriens ont la particularite d'utiliser le dialectal qui nous distingue des autres pays arabes, mais il faudra utiliser une terminologie appropriee.
Therefore, the scribes identified words that they did not recognize--which could have been errors from a previous copy, dialectal forms, or archaic words or names no longer in common use--and changed them into words that fit the new West Saxon standard.
Sin embargo, el objetivo de esta obra va mas alla de la compilacion de descripciones aisladas del sistema prosodico de cada lengua, pues hace converger los trabajos individuales en una metodologia de elicitacion comun y en un sistema de notacion compatible para comparar los sistemas de entonacion entre lenguas de una misma familia, la romance, y reflejar la variacion dialectal en cada una.
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El cartografiado de las variantes de la -d final venia a probar, una vez mas, que dialectalmente Madrid se encuentra en zona de transicion dialectal al estar situado entre las hablas conservadoras del norte, que mantienen la dental y/o tienden a ensordecerla ([-[?
En su practica docente, el profesor no debe limitarse exclusivamente a su propia variedad o a la de su entorno--en caso de ser homosiglotico--, sino que tendra que considerar tambien ese espanol comun o estandar, junto a aquellos otros rasgos de variedad dialectal que sean extensos o particulares, pero pertinentes de acuerdo a las necesidades especificas de sus estudiantes (Beaven, 2000; Beaven y Garrido, 2000; Andion Herrero, 2013).
Evoquant justement cette majoration, il utilise le mot dialectal de [beaucoup moins que]Jaala ?