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Of Mice and Men Dialect

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Meg Premo

on 19 December 2013

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Dialect

John Steinbeck's use of Dialect
Dialect
Bell Ringer:
With the Of Mice and Men quote you are given, determine which feature or features of non-standard dialect John Steinbeck is using.
Accent is the specific way words are pronounced according to a geographical region or area.
Focus is on HOW words are spoken
Accent
Dialect is the difference in language and/or grammar that is used by people in a particular geographical region or by people of a particular social background.
Focus is on WHAT words are spoken
Dialect
This is the dialect which has gained the status of representing the English language.
It is the 'proper' or 'correct' way to speak.
Standard English
Example:
How Canadians say "about"
Example: Plural form of "you"
Southern Dialect: "y'all"
Pittsburghese Dialect: "yinz"
Elision
Combining the main word with the preposition
Example: 'going to' is 'gonna'
"Gonna be sick like you was last night"
"We hadda walk"
Multiple Negation
"Now you listen and this time you got to remember so we don't get in no trouble."
Using 'ain't' instead of 'isn't' or 'am not'
"No, 'course I ain't. Why ya think I'm selling him out?'
Deletion of consonants at the end of a word
Example: 't', 'd' and 'g'
"An' you ain't gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither."
Non-Standard use of the past tense verb 'to be'
"Says we was here when we wasn't."
Using the 's-ending' verb form
"so I comes running..."
"Me an' him goes ever' place together"
Deletion of Consonants
"las' Sat'day night"
"It's on'y about four o'clock"
In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses proper English for his narration and descriptions of scenery, but why do you think he uses improper English when the characters are speaking? What effect does it have?
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