Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Is Your Character’s Voice Real?

"C'est de l'hebreu pour moi." (It is Hebrew to me.)—Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere

By Scoti Springfield Domeij

Specialty Dictionaries for Fiction Writers

Would your character's co-workers or readers in the same occupation believe the dialogue you write? Are you looking for a word used only in medicine, sewing, e-commerce, or the financial world for your character's occupation? General dictionaries often omit specialized words used only by professionals in a certain field of endeavor. From agriculture to waste management, alphaDictionary is the A-Z source for specialty dictionaries. If they don't link to the specialty occupational dictionary you need, you can contact them and they'll find it.

AlphaDictionary Language Directory

Did you know that of the roughly 6,912 known languages and dialects spoken in the 191 countries of the world, only 2,287 have writing systems? About 300 of these have online dictionaries and alphaDictionary links you to those dictionaries.

Word Master

Word specialist and alphaDictionary founder Dr. Robert Beard, the former CEO of yourDictionary.com, has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan and taught Russian and Linguistics at Bucknell University from 1965-2000. He is the author of three books and many articles on linguistics in which he develops a complete theory of morphology (the study of words) called Lexeme-Morpheme Base Morphology. This theory is still being explored by other linguists and his Separation Hypothesis, the hypothesis that the meaning and sounds of words are processed as separate mental operations, is widely accepted in the field of Linguistics today.

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