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    Is it a local dialect? I suspect it

    The following is from Chinese textbook,but I think that's very doubtful



    This is an example of the local dialect.
    ... ...Then along comes this catfish 'bout the size of a house.Well ,alright,maybe a little smaller than that.Little Lester starts to thinkin' it's goin' to eat him sure'nough.Man ,you shoulda seen him!He got outta the water fast as lightning and climed up a tree.Big Billy Bob and I just laughed and laughed.To this day,Lester won't go near that place.



    q:starts to thinkin' , I think, is wrong.

    And starts to think is right.
    Oh ,my God! I'm puzzled______ Is starts to thinkin' right?

    Thank you for your replying!
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    Re: Is it a local dialect? I suspect it

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    The following is from Chinese textbook,but I think that's very doubtful



    This is an example of the local dialect.
    ... ...Then along comes this catfish 'bout the size of a house.Well ,alright,maybe a little smaller than that.Little Lester starts to thinkin' it's goin' to eat him sure'nough.Man ,you shoulda seen him!He got outta the water fast as lightning and climed up a tree.Big Billy Bob and I just laughed and laughed.To this day,Lester won't go near that place.



    q:starts to thinkin' , I think, is wrong.

    And starts to think is right.
    Oh ,my God! I'm puzzled______ Is starts to thinkin' right?

    Thank you for your replying!
    To my understanding, "starts to thinkin'" is pidgin English. In your paragraph there are many such examples. If you read novels by Asian American writers or African American writers or many other writers, you will encounter pidgin English frequently. And of course you may say it is wrong grammatically, but the speaker him/herself does not think your way. You may read Tom Sawyer and The Joy Luck Club to get a taste of it.
    Last edited by ohmyrichard; 05-Jul-2008 at 18:19.

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    Talking Re: Is it a local dialect? I suspect it

    Yeah, Mark Twain is well known by Chinese students

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