How would you define the difference between a dialect and a register?
On a previous WR thread, a poster made the distinction between dialect and register as follows (if I understood correctly):
- A dialect is a linguistic system defined according to the individuals who use it
- A register is a linguistic system defined according to the purpose/context of its use
The above definitions seem to correspond to how the terms are normally used, but according to these definitions, it seems much clearer that "registers" exist than that "dialects" exist.