Date: Thu, 11 Aug 1994 08:02:51 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Of Cats and Eye Dialect
I remember thinking that all cats were female and all dogs male until
I came home from playing next door and found that our dog had just had
puppies. It took me longer to find out that ponies weren't baby horses.
Re eye dialect: I do consider spellings like "whut" and "wuz" eye dialect,
even though they're artificial in that the spelling doesn't really represent
(to me) a different pronunciation. They're usually accompanied by other
features intended to represent dialects spoken by uneducated characters and
serve more or less as symbols.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)