Where I’m from –
Is your dialect influenced by society? Some say that society sets the foundation for and influences your dialect throughout your life. I come from a city called Bristol in England. In my area, we have a completely different dialect than other parts of England. This shocked me at first because I thought everyone grew up speaking English the same as me. From where I come from people do not pronounce the ‘t’ in a word, for example, ‘water’ is said like “waer” but other places in England people do pronounce the “t”. This demonstrated to me that there is no such thing as standard spoken English, and that there are different dialects even within the same country. This can be an example of how a dialect is influenced by the society you grow up in.
When I came to Prague, I was surprised when meeting new people throughout the city that had different dialects. Hearing the different pronunciation of words and how others may use certain words differently than I which indicated to me that unique dialects are created by people in different parts of the world. This shows that there are different dialects all over the world even ones that are based on the same language, as I have experienced by traveling to different countries and hearing them first hand myself.
As well as travelling and hearing different dialects, the school I attended when I was younger was very multicultural. This was a great example and opportunity for me to hear various dialects from different people from around the world. These places included Italy, Spain, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and more which gave me the opportunity to hear dialects from around the world at a very young age. I am very grateful for the experience of hearing unique dialects and accents from around the world, as it shows all the ways one language can be spoken due to a person’s dialect.
More about dialects –
Every country has different dialects that are consumed by individual parts of the country. Dialects are formed by the spoken language of the person’s origin. Dialects are variations of a language which differ in the way words are spoken, or the type of grammar and vocabulary they use. They are inherited from family members, and people from the same location. Even if you were to give English speakers the same text to read, they could interpret it and say it in an entirely different dialect even if they are all from the same country.
Society’s effect –
Dialects can also be described as a sub-form of languages. They do not necessarily have to be associated with one place within a country, as they can be common in different social groups. For example, in England, there are specific dialects which are spoken across different parts of the country. Some say it changes depending on how educated a society is. This can be a controversial subject, as people may view specific dialects as more refined. These “refined” dialects may be reflected in the pronunciation of words or the use of a more complex vocabulary.
Being a native English makes it very easy for me to communicate with other native speakers, but it is also important to understand people have different dialects and accents. This can make it hard for certain people to be understood by others. However, anyone can adjust their dialect and accent to sound more like a native speaker. This allows a person to be able to communicate and function better within that society.
It is also interesting though, how there are so many different dialects. I’m blessed to have met people from around the world and see how they speak English with their own dialect. There will never be one dialect which is a blessing, because there is so much history and tradition in a person’s dialect.