Date: Sat, 25 Nov 1995 23:49:05 -0600
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Separate dialects?
According to dialect maps, the Hudson Valley has a dialect of English
distinct from the dialect of the rest of Upstate New York and Western
Vermont. Since I grew up in Ulster County NY, I presumably speak one of
these dialects. Trying to figure out which one, I've realized that I
hear more variation within what are supposed to be two dialect areas than
I do between them -- in pitch, pronunciation, and vocabulary.
For that matter, Montreal English sounds almost accentless to me.
(Though if I were to spend much time there, I would probably run into
I'm not a trained observer. But I do wonder whether 1)The differences
between Upstate New York and Hudson Valley have lessened; or 2) the
people who made the original dialect maps were biased toward finding two
distinct dialect areas; or 3) my hearing is worse than I thought it was.
Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maroon.tc.umn.edu