Dialect

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A dialect is a type of language spoken by a group of people. Sometimes people who live in the same place make a dialect. Sometimes people who are similar in some way make a dialect.

There is no agreed difference between a dialect and a language. Some dialects are called "languages". They may spell words differently and even be known as a language (for example, English is sometimes called a Germanic dialect).

Other dialects are different types of a language that come from different places or countries (for example, British English and American English are dialects of English).

Differences in dialects can be found:

  • in different words (for example, people who speak British English may go to church and people who speak Scottish English may go to kirk);
  • in different pronunciations. Words are written the same way but pronounced differently by different speakers.
  • in different grammar (for example, some people who speak English may say I dived, and others may say I dove)