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From: Cheri Campbell <>
Subject: [Scotch-Irish] re: Ulster-Scots dialect & Bill McKinney
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 18:55:15 -0800 (PST)
I've enjoyed reading the recent discussion on the
Ulster-Scots dialect. Learned a lot I didn't know.
I'm originally from Bradford, PA (McKean County) which
usually is considered to be part of northwest PA.
"Pittsburghese" is not spoken there, except by
transplants from Clarion County (my stepfather lived
there till age 9 and says "warsh" for "wash" & "crik"
McKean & Warren counties straddle the northern border
of the state, and most of the early settlers of
McKean & Warren counties (adjacent to the west) were
New England Yankees via New York (one generation there
before they moved "south" into PA). Linguistically,
the dialect in our very particular part of PA is
considered closer to Buffalo than Pittsburgh. My
mother's mother's side
(Dennis-Rixford-Looker-Putnam)are almost pure New
England Yankee, some of whom were among the earliest
settlers in McKean County, so I have studied the
genealogical side of this at length. (I'm Scotch
-Irish on my mother's father's side & my father's
father's side, so that's why I'm on this list
An interesting aside about my last name (Campbell).
My grandfather's family lived in eastern Crawford
county (Titusville, Troy Township) for at least three
generations (I've only gotten as far back as my
great-great-great gfather James Aggert Campbell, b.
1855 in Venango County, so I don't know whether this
particular strain of Campbell is Scots or
My name is pronounced both in Bradford & Titusville
(lots of folks who lived in Titusville moved to
Bradford, which was one of the later & most successful
oil boom towns) as Kamp-Bell (each syllable distinct).
Glen Campbell was a popular singer when I was a child,
and the local radio station pronounced HIS name the
same way, not the standard "Kam-bull" used by most
I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville
(western Crawford County). My first week there, I met
a French instructor who told me that her mother, who
was born in far western Crawford County, was a
Campbell, too. However, HER name was pronounced as
"Cam-ul". That same first week, I had had to
"correct" the pronounciation of my last name from the
standard pronounciation to the Bradford-Titusville
pronounciation so many times that I finally
surrendered and allowed my last name to be pronounced
the standard way (especially since I have an
easy-to-mangle first name-thanks, Mom!)
Sorry for the long aside. Linguistics can be
fascinating (and if anyone has ever encountered the
Bradford-Titusville pronunciation of our name anywhere
else, email me off-list).
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