Sons and lovers and 1984, functions of the Nottinghamshire dialect and Newspeak.

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D.H. Lawrence sets the plot in Nottingham, so he uses the Nottinghamshire dialect in order to give realism to his book. So the function of this one would be to make more credible the characters, and the fact that they are born in Nottingham and belong to a low class of society. Let's see some examples of the use of the dialect throughout the novel:

1. " I canna see what there is much to laugh at", on page 72, Morel uses 'canna' instead of 'cannot'.

2. On page 88, we have another example: Morel says 'niver mind', and not the correct form 'never mind'.

3. Once again, on page 89, we see the form 'shonna', instead of 'shall not'.

It is important the fact that D.H. Lawrence makes Morel talk in this dialect, but the rest of his family speak in a more correct way. Does this mean that the author uses language to make him look even more apart from his family?

On the other hand, let's take a look at the dialect used by George Orwell in 1984, called Newspeak. Its function is completely different from that of the dialect used in D.H. Lawrence's novel. In the novel, Newspeak is used by the Party to control his citizens. If control of language is centralized in a political agency, such an agency could probably alter the very structure of language to make it impossible to even of disobedient or rebellious thoughts, because there would be no words with which to think it. The idea manifests itself in the language of Newspeak, which the Party has introduced to replace English. The Party is constantly refining and perfecting Newspeak, with the ultimate goal that no one will be capable of conceptualising anything that might question the Party's...