Focus on the USA

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| University of Regensburg
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This volume presents fifteen original research papers by renowned specialists in their respective fields. A variety of research traditions are included, such as dialect geography and sociolinguistics, but also smaller sub-fields such as the study of slang and perceptual dialectology. Varieties studied include the South, the Eastern Seaboard, the Middle West, African American English, Cuban English, and others. A growing sense of unity in the discipline is reflected by recurring topics and methods across earlier boundaries between sub-disciplines. For instance, computerized data and statistical analyses are standard tools nowadays, and a few papers explicitly address the possibilities and limitations of these methods. The study of variation and change of linguistic varieties has largely replaced earlier, monolithic notions of dialect, and the question of change in dialects, the erosion of traditional speech forms under the impact of modern communication patterns and socio-economic developments, is investigated in several contributions. In general, a recent orientation towards the history and development of nonstandard varieties is reflected in the book — several papers study diffusion patterns of linguistic forms, or discuss the emergence of individual dialects or dialectal forms in a language contact framework. Altogether, the papers provide a lively illustration of and a fairly representative selection from ongoing high-quality linguistic research into American English.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G16]  1996.  vi, 368 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Research trends in the study of American English
Edgar W. Schneider
1
Piney Woods Southern
Lee Pederson
13
Foundations of American English
William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.
25
The comparability of linguistic atlas records: The case of LANCS and LAGS
Lawrence M. Davis and Charles L. Houck
51
Terms used for children’s games: Comparing DARE’s findings with usage of today’s youth
Luanne von Schneidemesser
63
The dialects of the Middle West
Timothy C. Frazer
81
Dialect change and maintenance in a post-insular island community
Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes
103
A comparison of variation patterns of variables among sixth graders in an Ohio community
Erik R. Thomas
149
Perceptions within a variable paradigm: Black and white detection and identification based on speech
John Baugh
169
Sex-based differences in language choice in an African-American neighborhood in Detroit
Walter F. Edwards
183
The English competence of Cuban exiles: The case of noun pluralization
Frank Maas
195
What was verbal — s in 19th-century African American English?
Michael Montgomery and Janet M. Fuller
211
The development of American Englishes: Some questions from a creole genesis perspective
Salikoko S. Mufwene
231
Historical and contemporary distribution of double modals in English
Barbara A. Fennell and Ronald R. Butters
265
American college slang
Connie Eble
289
Where the worst English is spoken
Dennis R. Preston
297
Addresses of authors
361
Subject index
363
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  95053206