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LINGUIST List 18.2600

Fri Sep 07 2007

Sum: 19th Century Dialects of Western Massachusetts

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        1.    Julie Roberts, 19th Century Dialects of Western Massachusetts

Message 1: 19th Century Dialects of Western Massachusetts
Date: 06-Sep-2007
From: Julie Roberts <Julie.Robertsuvm.edu>
Subject: 19th Century Dialects of Western Massachusetts
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 18.2038
What follows is a long overdue summary of the generous replies I received 
to my query about possible features of the dialect of Emily Dickinson (19th
century western Massachusetts/Amherst). We received several suggestions,
and I would first like to thank Cynthia Hallen, Michael Montgomery, Peter
Daniels, and Daniel Johnson for their suggestions. More than one person
suggested that the LANE tapes, which we had begun tracking down would still
be fruitful although they were tape recorded 100 years after the birth of
ED. They were helpful; we found 2 tapes of older, upper class women from
the region. Also particularly useful was the suggestion to consult the
writings of Charles Hall Grandgent. The Emily Dickinson Lexicon website
(Cynthia Hallen) was wonderfully interesting as well, and the lengthy and
specific instructions on accessing early letters by Michael Montgomery
looks like so much fun I am tempted to stop everything else to take on this

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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