Definitions

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  • adj. Of or relating to a dialect.
  • adj. Not linguistically standard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to a dialect; dialectical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to a dialect; relating to or of the nature of a dialect: as, ‘cauld’ is a dialectal (Scotch) form of ‘cold’; the dialectal varieties of Italian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to or characteristic of a dialect

Etymologies

dialect +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Maybe this form represented some kind of dialectal variant that I wasn't familiar with.

    Getting it Wrong

  • For the record, It would be a lie to say that Pa Kin (I think this is the way he spelled his name when writing in French) counts among my favorite Chinese writers (I hold Lu Xun and Lao She way above), probably because Hanye was precisely the very first Chinese book I read from the beginning to the end: I was very excited at first, because I understood everything so easily, until I had to admit that the language was very similar to that of our textbooks, too neutral, not "dialectal" enough for my taste; it's a pity, because the subject (a "modern" couple's rupture in wartime Chongqing) was worthy.

    languagehat.com: ALTERNATE NOBELS.

  • The Nearika (Neali'ka is a dialectal variation), however, was in part the inspiration for the later yarn paintings, what the Huichols call nearikas.

    Huichol art, a matter of survival: Part Two

  • From 1970 on, he wrote -- and directed and produced -- plays in Algerian dialectal Arabic (when practically no one had attempted literature in dialectal language) following, and preceding, plays, novels and poetry in French.

    Anis Shivani: Poetry As a Bridge Across Cultures: Anis Shivani Interviews Marilyn Hacker

  • When educated Arabs of different dialects engage in conversation (for example, a Moroccan speaking with a Lebanese), many speakers code-switch back and forth between the dialectal and standard varieties of the language, sometimes even within the same sentence.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Arabic Language Expertise in the Military

  • For other flavors, even specific dialectal dictionaries use Latin phonetic transliteration.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Arabic Language Expertise in the Military

  • Colloquial or dialectal Arabic refers to the many national or regional varieties which constitute the everyday spoken language.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Arabic Language Expertise in the Military

  • But such an outrage means a fight and struggle all too great a dialectal death match over the wold laden steppes of history and so forth and cradle to grave and in the reverse.

    Mr.Dostoevsky

  • I recall Borges 'line: “All this, I repeat, is true, but four hundred and ten pages of inalterable MCV's cannot correspond to any language, no matter how dialectal or rudimentary it may be.”

    Excerpt from Codex Infinitum

  • When educated Arabs of different dialects engage in conversation for example, a Moroccan speaking with a Lebanese, many speakers code-switch back and forth between the dialectal and standard varieties of the language, sometimes even within the same sentence.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Arabic Language Expertise in the Military

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