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These guidelines have been created for defining spoken text in adventures where rural characters use a relaxed form of speaking associated with isolated and rural peoples.

  • Replace all words “are” with “be,” unless the word “are” begins the sentence, in which case its dropped completely. For example, “We are going to the store” becomes “We be going to the store”, and “Are you all going to the store?” becomes “You all be going to the store?”
  • Replace all letter combinations “th” with a “d.” For example, “We are going to the store” becomes “We are going to de store.”
  • The letter combination “er,” at the end of any word, is replaced with an “a.” For example, “My father and mother are going to the store with you” becomes “My fatha and motha are going to the store with you.”
  • The letter combination “ire” at the end of a word, becomes “awr” instead. For example, “I am going to retire” becomes “I am going to retawr.”
  • The word “you” becomes “ya,” unless it is the first word in a sentence. For example, “Are you going to the store?” becomes “Are ya going to the store?”
  • Words that have two spellings for plural words become the singular word with an “s” at the end. For example, “An elf likes to sing with other elves” becomes “An elf likes to sing with other elfs.”
  • Any word ending in “ing” is changed to end with “in’.” For example, “We are going to the store” becomes “We are goin’ to the store.”
  • Any word ending in “ore” or “oor” sound becomes “o’.” If its plural, keep the “s” at the end. For example, “We are going to the store” becomes “We are going to the sto’,” and “Have you waxed the floors yet?” becomes “Have you waxed the flo’s yet?”
  • Proper names are not automatically altered using the above rules, because they can have unusual pronunciations and spellings. If it sounds good, change it, if not, don’t. For example, “Bob Cormier” does not become “Bob Corma” because the name is pronounced “Core-Mee-Ay”
  • If the change sounds good keep it, if it sounds clunky change it back. The formula can’t account for all rural word sounds, but it helps color the text. The word “gothic” would be “godic” using rule #2, but the use of rural-speak for this word would be questionable. Use common sense. The above suggestions just give you a place to start. It is important to be consistent, but don’t overdo it or the text won’t be readable.

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