Dialect, sometimes known as "speaking with an accent," is the speech of a geographic region or a social class. The spelling of words reflects phonetic pronunciation. In general, contractions and short-form words are used rather liberally in dialect. It is suggested that these words not be divided between lines. [See also §16.4a] Examples:
|(could)a [could have]||me(bb)e [maybe]||(th)' [the]|
|p(in)ny [penny]||dep(ity) [deputy]||y(ou)r [you're]|
|(wh)(er) [where]||(some)rs [somewhere]||(their)selves|
|d(in)t [didn't]||'(st)ract(ed) [distracted]||b(of)e [both]|
|fay(the)r [father]||(dis)truc(tion) [destruction]||f(er) [for]|
|(must)a [must have]||(good)un [good one]||com'(er)e [come here]|
If, however, the use of a contraction in a word printed in dialect would obscure its meaning or pronunciation, the contraction should not be used. Example:
In order to reflect dialectical pronunciation, the th sign is used instead of the the sign when in dialect thee replaces thi, as in (th)e(en)g [thing] and (th)e(en)k [think] — or, where the replaces te or de, as in mat(th)(er) [matter], sis(th)(er) [sister], bat(th)(er)y [battery], and mur(th)(er) [murder]. [X.34.e(1)] This rule applies whether the word is written as a whole or elongated as in the-e-enk.
When in dialect you're is written your, do not use the short-form word because it does not retain its original meaning.