Dialectal vs. dialectical

Dialectal is the adjective corresponding to the noun dialect (and dialect refers to a a variety of a language peculiar to a particular region or group). Dialectical is a less common variant of the adjective dialectic, which relates to logical argumentation and contradictory forces. The word is often used synonymously with logic or philosophy. So the ic differentiating dialectal and dialectical makes a big difference.


Though dialectal is the standard adjective corresponding to dialect, dialectical is often used in its place (the reverse is rare)—for example:

Voice Actions was always uncannily good at interpreting input and transcribing messages, but … I wonder how well it’ll do at working with dialectical nuances. [Washington Post]

While most people know of [the verb “birth”] only in a dialectical sense (“Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nothing about birthing no babies!”), it was quite common in the Middle Ages. [Columbia Journalism Review]

And these writers use dialectic and dialectical in their standard senses (though keep in mind that dialectical is a less common variant of dialectic):

A careful observer of character vocal and physical rhythms, of dialectal and gestural markers, he gives us a picture of the real Americans he encountered. [Oregon Live]

They are kind of dialectical. They feed on each other. [transcribed in Forbes]

However, he stresses that there is a huge difference between slang and dialectal colloquialisms. [Scottish Daily Record]

[T]he pitmen prove themselves surprisingly fluent in dialectical debate. [New York Times]

1 thought on “Dialectal vs. dialectical”

  1. Amenable sets the stage for amendable to be identified and restitution to take place.
    the Origin is Amen , “make it so” which can be traced across and through time to
    Sumer and Khem (Eygpt) 3000 and 4000 years ago. 1/18/2013 KMB.

    Text build up accrues in Sumer . A to AH , AH adds M and AN or Am then becomes
    Heaven, Sky from a supernatural source called Rain. EN is the physical manifestations
    An the Spiritual source of the combining ability. An became the word or Text abbreviation
    comparatively if build up reversed for SUN and evolved to GRACE shining down upon the
    Good and the Bad alike. The modern day name ANN, Anne, infer Grace of that same origin.

    EN versus AN…… House, Palace ,Temple of the LORD . That’s enough for now.

    Dialects come and go, but Dialectical continuations persist under the surface of the Literal first impression.


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