eye dialect


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eye dialect

n.
The use of nonstandard spellings, such as enuff for enough or wuz for was, to indicate that the speaker is uneducated or using colloquial, dialectal, or nonstandard speech.

eye′ di`alect


n.
the literary use of misspellings that are intended to convey a speaker's lack of education or use of dialectal pronunciations but that are actually respellings of standard pronunciations, as wimmin for “women” or wuz for “was.”
[1920–25]
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Noun1.eye dialect - the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
dialect, idiom, accent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
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11) Holton suggests that the employment of eye dialect also signals an author's "patronizing" attitude toward a character; to go further, the use of eye dialect to represent Black English could be construed, in certain circumstances, as racist.
Holton defines eye dialect as "variations from normal spelling that do not indicate significant dialectal differences in pronunciation" (58).
Leigh and with little or no intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical distance between himself and the implied author of Erasure, writes MyPafology, an outrageously scurrilous parody in eye dialects, and its authenticity and authority are acclaimed by white editors and critics as well as a popular black TV talk-show hostess as a commercial and critical prize-winning success.