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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
02-Nov-04 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lay Down Little Dogies / ...Doggies
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Lay down little doggies' ????
Lighter, I have written Mr Gilbert y Chavez asking for a source of verification for dogal = dogie.
As a mixed Anglo-Latino originally from New Mexico, I have heard this derivation, but never looked for it in writing.

There are a number of local uses in southwestern Spanish, and the old timers who descended from the original Spanish 17th-18th c. settlers, had words and constructions that are no longer in use. These usages are discussed in various scholarly papers, but often do not appear in the dictionaries. They were still heard up to WW2, but like the southern and rural dialects in the States, are almost gone. Everybody goes to school now and the old folks are dead.
I shake my head at responses to dialect material posted here; so many people think their unlettered ancestors spoke like Boston Brahmins or wealthy plantation owners.

Now the southwestern school kids who take Spanish learn modern Mexican usage (or their parents have emigrated from Mexico) and the old language-dialects have been lost.