--- In nostratic@yahoogroups.com, "Geraldine Reinhardt" <waluk@...>
> I wonder which jobs brought their families to Williamstown?
> Possibly the tourist trade unless these students were children of
> field workers such as tobacco or apple pickers.

I wouldn't know. I can't imagine why a small town like that would
have that kind of drawing power.

Incidentally, the Boston accent is often described as adding an -r
after certain vowels at the end of words. The classic example being
that of "idear." Sometimes there's the proviso that the next word
must begin with a vowel. However, that accentual pattern seems to be
irregularly spread out. I've known people to use and others not to
(including myself).