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Nancy Gish wrote:
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> And have you ever heard Downeast Maine speech?  It's not spelled differently, but it is the most distinctive dialect I know of in America except Gullah.

A civilian friend in my Russian class at NSA in the '50s spoke that
dialect. It was indeed an experience to encounter it for the first time.
:-)

I took my younger brother with me to the 1968 MLA convention (in NYC).
He thought all the clerks in the delicatessin next to the hotel must be
non-native speakers.

Carrol