Is there a specific literary device to describe a text that incorporates two different languages?

Erin Lee 3 Rep.

I’m analysing a poem that is mostly written in English but also uses a number of Maori words and phrases through out the poem. I was wondering if there is a technical literary device to describe this??

Thank you!

English Tutor answered
English Tutor 2.76K Rep.

Yes, this literary device is called “dialect.” Dialect is in fact a type of language, which is used by people belonging to a particular region, district or class. It uses its own grammar, vocabulary, spellings, words, and pronunciation. So, the poet must have incorporated dialect to mix up two languages in that poem, which you are referring here.

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