Adirondack talk

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Sep 18 19:34:36 UTC 2003


Can anyone help this reporter out? Please respond directly to her,
not to me. My knowledge of this area is nil.


I am a reporter in upstate New York interested in writing a story on
the "North Country" or "Adirondack" dialect and its origins. It might
not be a dialect, but it is an accent so strong as to be almost
unintelligible at times. So, is there  anyone around who could speak
about this? I think it has to do with French Canadian influence and
isolation within the confines of the Adirondack State Park for a
century or so.

Abigail Tucker
tucker at

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 432-3099

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