Writers know how a character speaks lays open her educational and socioeconomic level, region or country of origin, ethnic identity, attitude, status and roots. Much of that information is revealed when the character speaks a dialect that deviates from common vocabulary and grammar. It’s a challenge for the writer to add this dimension to dialogue, so let’s look at how Americans speak and write in dialects.
By Dolores Johnson
I am writing about inter-racialism: mixed marriages in my parent’s generation and my own biracial life in a memoir, Say I’m Dead. I am black with a dear white branch on my tree and in my soul. An African-American bi-racial, I like to say. People ask if that isn’t that a redundant identity? No, because I have lived most of my life as African-American, but had an awakening to my biracial self later in life.