The Ls and Rs


Something that my wife and I were talking about the other day is the difference between an accent and a dialect; the former is a part of latter:

  • An accent is the way that particular person or group of people sound.  It’s the way somebody pronounces words, the musicality of their speech, etc.
  • dialect describes both a person’s accent and the grammatical features of the way that person talks.

Huh. So…:

To provide an example, you could say somebody from Alabama has a “Southern Accent,” meaning that they pronounce words differently than somebody from the Northern US.  

However, “accent” would not refer to a Southerner’s use of the word “y’all.”  That would fall under the category of Southern dialects.

via Dialect Blog

Okay, right, got it.