They speak a southern dialect of French.
The author uses dialect in his writing.
The play was hard to understand when the characters spoke in dialect.
Recent Examples on the WebBorn in rural Fujian, a coastal province in southern China, Mr. Wang grew up speaking Mandarin and a local Fujianese dialect.—Amy Qin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 All the new Galaxy phones, due in stores Jan. 31, will be packed with far more AI than before, including a feature that will provide live translation during phone calls in 13 languages and 17 dialects.—Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 Westward expansion also influenced the development of the U.S.’s accents and dialects.—Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 Additionally, Aniston tried to find the words to describe Perry’s dialect, which became synonymous with Chandler Bing.—Emily Longeretta, Variety, 11 Dec. 2023 In the future, the team plans to further investigate how individuals learn their dialects and whether smaller groups show their own distinct dialects within parks — and this could help researchers better understand the function of dialects.—Grrlscientist, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Abdo’s music stands among these trailblazers, transcending boundaries of geography, dialect and cultures.—Hala Mustafa, Billboard, 8 Jan. 2024 The formation of Lake Baikal in Siberia is reimagined, featuring the voice of a Buryat woman who can still recall some words in her endangered Buryat language (a Mongolian dialect).—Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 12 Dec. 2023 The three matrilineal pods of southern resident whales — J pod, K pod and L pod — each communicate in their own specific dialect, and all are exceptionally bonded to their mothers.—Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 See More
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Middle French dialecte, from Latin dialectus, from Greek dialektos conversation, dialect, from dialegesthai to converse — more at dialogue