Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hmmm...

In southern New Jersey there is a museum of a colonial era Swedish settlement. They claim Swedes are responsible for South Jersey dialect features.

The fort, a threat to Dutch shipping interests in New York, did not last long, but the settlements and the Scandinavian influence has endured over the years. Today, linguists theorize that certain speech patterns in Southern New Jersey, which differ from the rest of the State, are traceable to the mixed and changing Swedish-English vocabulary.

Could be.

1 comment:

boredoom said...

Really? If there's one thing Swedes usually do well, it's give up their identity and assimilate.

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