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Query:   19th Century Dialects of Western Massachusetts
Author:  Julie Roberts
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics

Summary:   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

LL Issue: 18.2600
Date Posted: 07-Sep-2007
Original Query: Read original query


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