12.7b(3) Dialect.

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:

lyedee [lady]

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.