Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 08:38:25 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Upstate
Dan Goodman writes,
And -- is my memory faulty, or don't some dialect maps show Long
Island as being in the Upstate New York dialect area?
I can't address what dialect maps show, but I'd be surprised. I spent my high
school years on the south shore of Long Island (1957-61) and my undergraduate
years (as mentioned yesterday) in real, upstate upstate territory (Rochester,
1961-65), and the isoglosses
separating the two--both phonological and lexical--were as numerous as they
were hefty. Now this was Nassau, and what I've heard of Suffolk County, the
eastern half of Long Island, always struck me as more like New England in
dialect terms than either New York City or Upstate N. Y. This was especially
true of the rural parts of Suffolk, the potato farmers, etc. Sorry for the
anecdotage of these remarks.