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Re: my denning line with heslins
Posted by: Andrea Heslin Date: September 27, 2001 at 15:04:10
In Reply to: my denning line with heslins by JimDenning of 212

In your notes regarding Heslin you state the the Boston accent would pronounce Heslin as Heflin. No, it would not. For at the time frame of which you seek, there was not a true Boston dialect. It would not be the standard of dialect we are familiar with today. I lived just outside of Boston for nearly a year and my step-father was born and raised in Boston so I can honestly say that having been emersed with the accent, it just would not be the case. I can say that after having carried the Heslin name through marriage for the past 14 years, I have found that it is a name that is though simple in spelling, constantly and I mean constanly having to be spelled out. Even here in the midwest. Many times the s is mistaken for an f or z depending on the strength placed on the sl letter combination by the individual pronouncing the name. I can honestly state that I found most folks in the Boston region in present times very good and emphasizng the middle portions of words and names. It is the last letter that there tends to be a problem with. It tends to be dropped. Car becomes caw for example. And that is modern speach for Boston. The 1800's and early 1900's would have had something entirely different as there were so many "refugees" from so many places. There would have been a flood of dilalects. And a severe lack of comprehension between them. And it is in this case that an s could be very quickly turned into an F. Not due to the regional Boston accent that we know of today. Hope this helps. Andrea


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