End of ADS-L Digest - 24 Nov 1995 to 25 Nov 1995 ************************************************ There are 6 messages totalling 118 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Separate dialects? 2. The Automat 3. toboggan (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 25 Nov 1995 23:49:05 -0600 From: Daniel S Goodman 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 vocabulary differences.) 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