Don’t miswrite dialects



So, I’ve seen this problem when people want to write characters from a culture other than their own:

  • They know that those characters speak a different dialect than they do
  • And they want to convey this
  • But they don’t realize the dialect actually has a…
Mostly good! But: * some “accent guides” on the Internet are rubbish. Linguists tend to be better sources than others. * native speakers remain the best guide to a language and dialect - they _instinctively_ know how the grammar works. When you learn a foreign language (or a new dialect), you have to think about things like verb tenses and sentence subjects and so on. The average native speaker has been able to make grammatically correct sentences, without thinking about grammar at all, since they were 5.