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    Aver0n 2o11
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    Accent

    Do you change your spelling for someone with a foreign accent? I'm guilty of it - even if the character just has a blocked nose I change the spelling of some of the words so that everything becomes heavily nasalised.

    Do you guys find that annoying to read? Or do you just take it as part of the overall reading experience?



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    The problem with phonetic spelling is your phonetics may not sound like my phonetics, which leads to a big disconnect. Use it sparingly.

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    Annoying. Try using common idiomatic expressions tied to that culture

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    Less is more. If you cue the reader in the most minimalist fashion, they will do the rest.

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    I only use it when it's an easily recognized change. Otherwise I figure my (future) readers are intelligent enough to imagine the accent in their heads as they read.

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    i've written in germanglish, spanglish, franglish, and local accent (mid-atlantic). it is an interesting device, but can be over used quiclky. here is an example of a mid atlantic accent;
    "Um goin a pub lick lie berry an read a book whiff no pitchers."
    for some it can be tiresome, but if it is important to the scenario, go with it. using it in the narrative? not so much, dialog only.

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    Less is more. If you cue the reader in the most minimalist fashion, they will do the rest.
    I totally agree. The surest way to make a reader stop reading is to force them to repeatedly sound out words.

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