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From: IBM <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: 30 Mar 2003 03:36:03 GMT
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Nicholas Geovanis <> wrote in


> Is it true of 'Ulster Scots' that it preserves Scots as it was spoken
> at the time of emigration? Or has it simply evolved into a distinct
> dialect? It is said that French-Canadian, for example, similarly
> preserves the French language, well beyond the typical vocabulary
> additions from the modern English language.

There are French-Canadians and there are French-Canadians.
Quebecers originally derived mostly from Normandy and the common
language especially in places like the north shore of the St
Lawrence maintained a strongly Norman flavo(u)r even up until
WWII ( Canadian troops in Normandy were initially mistaken for
Free French because they sounded local ).
Acadians on the other hand had a strongly Gascon/Poitevan population
which is a different kind of French and in their 17th-18th century
versions somewhat mutually difficult to understand. Quebecers and
Acadians had problems understanding each other. Acadians and
Cajuns have few or none.


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