Which do you prefer: British English, American English or a juicy dialect? Upper class language or rolling syllables in a relaxed and lingering way? And why? What does speaking a dialect mean to you? How does it make you feel?
This week, the Six Word Story Challenge – 6WSC – is all about dialect.
The term dialect is used in two distinct ways, even by linguists. One usage refers to a variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language’s speakers. The term is applied most often to regional speech patterns, but a dialect may also be defined by other factors, such as social class.
The other usage refers to a language that is socially subordinate to a regional or national standard language, often historically cognate to the standard, but not a variety of it or in any other sense derived from it.
A dialect is distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Where a distinction can be made only in terms of pronunciation, the term accent is appropriate, not dialect.
The challenge for you:
Write a story about/in DIALECT in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.
Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.
Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…
Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.
Will you join me? Will you? Say you do. And share the challenge news!
I look forward to your stories.
READ THE STORIES ABOUT OR IN DIALECT OF:
- Marian Allen: Spoonin’ an’ sparkin’ leads to young’uns.
- Indira’s Blog: Six Word Story Challenge: Dialect
- Figments of a DuTchess: 6WSC: Dialect
The next challenge will be published on October 30. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verbeeld een Verhaal in Zes Woorden: Dialect.
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing
130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
130529 – Pets
130612 – Regret
130616 – Inspiration
130703 – Commercials
130814 – Vacation
130829 – Memory
130911 – Terrorism
130925 – Youth