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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Eye dialect is an aesthetic that, while Wolfe would have taken notice of its use in other literary works, was one that Koch professed heavily, agreeing with Cross's statement about the necessity of authors using "an arbitrary standard of spelling" to present proper local dialect (151).
The first two help the author discuss some of the conventions commonly used to portray dialect in literature, trying to balance the desire for accuracy with transparency and accessibility: eye dialect, semi-phonetic spellings, allegro-speech spellings -an', 'cos or gonna- regionalisms, colloquialisms, etc.
Holton defines eye dialect as "variations from normal spelling that do not indicate significant dialectal differences in pronunciation" (58).