Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 12:17:43 EST
From: David Bergdahl BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Separate dialects?
From: NAME: David Bergdahl
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I used to live in the Hudson Valley in northern Westchester / southern Putnam
counties (Lake Carmel-Brewster and south) and with most recently suburbanized a-
reas it's difficult finding "natives" of the area. When my inlaws moved up to
Lake Shenorock / Somers area in the late 30's it was sparsely populated and
farmed. The major road was route 100, two-lane concrete with gravel shoulders,
which you could take all the way up to Vermont. There were NYC commuter trains
to the city and, subsequently, parkways by Robert Moses. After the war north of
White Plains became rapidly suburbanized but northern Westchester and southern
Putnam took another decade or so.
In the 30's the only population you'd find were "natives" such as WGEUS
surveyed; with suburbanization outmigration of the city's white population
radically changed the area. My wife's parents were Bavarian and there were lots
of Germans and Italians in Shenorock ("lots" in a community of 500).
Subsequent outmigration of the city's middle class to the suburbs brought
another mix. So I wouldn't be surprised to find that the Dutch substratum
(stoop, pot cheese, &c.) is mostly missing.
BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
"Where Appalachia meets the Midwest"--Anya Briggs