Folk Awareness oif Dialect

Philip E. Cleary pcleary at WANS.NET
Tue Dec 5 04:29:29 UTC 2000

<In Virginia we say "my ahnt lives in Stanton," while a typical yankee would
say "my
ant lives in Stahnton." Nobody is consistent, except maybe in Boston.>

The city of Taunton is located 30-odd miles south of Boston. Most Bostonians
call the place "Tawnton" (as in "taunt"); the natives call it something like
"Tahnton" (as in "aunt," which does not rhyme with "ant").

Phil Cleary

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