Date: Thu, 11 Aug 1994 08:02:51 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor 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]