Sunday, February 27, 2005

New England: Dialect & Witches

Added today:

New England Dialect, by By Isaac Bassett Choate, Bay State Monthly, 1888.The author attempts to show the origin of our New-England dialect, and to prove that all talk about an American language, as distinct from English, is without the shadow of reason in history or in common-sense.

The First New England Witch, by Willard H. Morse, M. D., Bay State Monthly, 1885Article describes the circumstances and trial of Elizabeth Morse of Newbury, MA who was arrested, tried and found guilty of witchcraft.

Of the two articles, I like the one on New England Dialect -- interesting to see where some of the so-called Yankee twang came from.

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