Top Dialects Quotes

Browse top 20 famous quotes and sayings about Dialects by most favorite authors.

Favorite Dialects Quotes

1. "My whole deal when I do accents or dialects is I gotta fool the locals. If I fool the locals then I've done my job."
Author: Brion James
2. "But this is a story,and in a storythere is always someonebeautiful enough."- 'The Girl with Two Skins' from A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects"
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
3. "At any one time language is a kaleidoscope of styles, genres and dialects."
Author: David Crystal
4. "Cantonese, which has up to nine tones as opposed to the five in Mandarin, is much more versatile and one of the richest dialects in Chinese."
Author: David Tang
5. "In college, I went to school for acting; we had to learn phonetics just to be able to do dialects and all that stuff. I'm somebody who does better just hearing it. I'll just imitate it, and I get it better that way. When I know too much information, I'm not great."
Author: Eliza Coupe
6. "Everywhere the sky is blue. There are a multitude of cuisines and dishes. I think of them as the languages and dialects of food."
Author: Ferran Adria
7. "But while we are confined to books, though the most select and classic, and read only particular written languages, which are themselves but dialects and provincial, we are in danger of forgetting the language in which all things and events speak without metaphor, which alone is copious and standard. Much is published, but little printed. The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed. No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert. What is a course of history, or philosophy, or poetry, no matter how well selected, or the best society, or the most admirable routine of life, compared with the discipline of looking always at what is to be seen? Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer? Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk on into futurity."
Author: Henry David Thoreau
8. "The places I come from have such rich languages, such a variety of expression. In Sierra Leone we have about fifteen languages and three dialects. I grew up speaking about seven of them."
Author: Ishmael Beah
9. "We need spies that look like their targets, CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use, and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men."
Author: Jane Harman
10. "Ebonics - or black English, as I prefer to call it - is one of a great many dialects of English. And so English comes in a great many varieties, and black English is one of them."
Author: John McWhorter
11. "I am very good with dialects, but the two that I can't do for some reason are the South African and Australian."
Author: Liev Schreiber
12. "I've always had a penchant for dialects. I remember getting detention and being told, 'Have a think about where doing these funny voices might get you someday.'"
Author: Nolan North
13. "Actors love mental disorders, dialects, and corsets. Give them one of the three and they're happy."
Author: Robin Tunney
14. "I love learning about different dialects and I own all sorts of regional and time-period slang dictionaries. I often browse through relevant ones while writing a story. I also read a lot of diaries and oral histories."
Author: Ron Rash
15. "Beowulf stands out as a poem which makes extensive use of this kind of figurative language. There are over one thousand compounds in the poem, totalling one-third of all the words in the text. Many of these compounds are kennings. The word 'to ken' is still used in many Scottish and Northern English dialects, meaning 'to know'. Such language is a way of knowing and of expressing meanings in striking and memorable ways; it has continuities with the kinds of poetic compounding found in nearly all later poetry but especially in the Modernist texts of Gerard Manley Hopkins and James Joyce."
Author: Ronald Carter
16. "Kit spoke vintage vinyl in all its dialects. And he casually rubbed elbows with stars from all walks of life. Oh, and he was twenty. And drop-dead gorgeous. Kit Hemion was a very big way Aaron's Records made money with the West Side set."
Author: Suzanne Stroh
17. "As Brother Francis readily admitted, his mastery of pre-Deluge English was far from masterful yet. The way nouns could sometimes modify other nouns in that tongue had always been one of his weak points. In Latin, as in most simple dialects of the region, a construction like servus puer meant about the same thing as puer servus, and even in English slave boy meant boy slave. But there the similarity ended. He had finally learned that house cat did not mean cat house, and that a dative of purpose or possession, as in mihi amicus, was somehow conveyed by dog food or sentry box even without inflection. But what of a triple appositive like fallout survival shelter? Brother Francis shook his head. The Warning on Inner Hatch mentioned food, water, and air; and yet surely these were not necessities for the fiends of Hell. At times, the novice found pre-Deluge English more perplexing than either Intermediate Angelology or Saint Leslie's theological calculus."
Author: Walter M. Miller Jr.
18. "Well, American dialects have been studied for a hundred years or so."
Author: William Labov
19. "And instead of getting a pepper-and-salt effect, we find very clear and sharp divisions between the dialects of the United States, which are getting more different from each other as time goes on."
Author: William Labov
20. "However, research in the years that followed found that in many of its important features, African American Vernacular English was becoming not less, but more different from other dialects."
Author: William Labov

Dialects Quotes Pictures

Quotes About Dialects
Quotes About Dialects
Quotes About Dialects

Today's Quote

Common sense says that chairs and tables exist independently of whether anyone happens to perceive them or not."
Author: Charles D. Broad

Famous Authors

Popular Topics