Dial ectally

dialectal

[dahy-uh-lek-tl]
adjective
1.
of a dialect.
2.
characteristic of a dialect.


Origin:
1825–35; dialect + -al1

dialectally, adverb
interdialectal, adjective
interdialectally, adverb
nondialectal, adjective
nondialectally, adverb
subdialectal, adjective
subdialectally, adverb

dialectal, dialectic, dialectical (see usage note at the current entry).


In linguistics dialectal, not dialectical, is the term more commonly used to denote regional or social language variation: Dialectal variation is more marked in the South than elsewhere in the United States. In general writing either term may be found.
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dialectal
1831, from dialect + -al (1).
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