Language Variation and Change in the American Midland

A New Look at ‘Heartland’ English

| Kansas State University
| Indiana University - Purdue University
ISBN 9789027248961 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027293541 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
This volume explores the linguistic complexities and critical issues of the Midland dialect area of the USA, and contains a unique data-based set of investigations of the Midlands dialect. The authors demonstrate that the large central part of the United States known colloquially as the Heartland, geo-culturally as the Midwest, and linguistically as the Midland is a very real dialect area, one with regional cohesiveness, social complexity, and psycho-emotional impact. The individual essays problematize historical origins, track linguistic markers of social identity over time and across social spaces, frame dialect issues within the linguistic marketplace, account for extra-linguistic influences on changing patterns of linguistic behaviors, and describe maintenance strategies of non-English languages. This book is an important move forward in the understanding of American English. Sociolinguists, dialectologists, applied linguists, and all those involved in the statistical and qualitative study of language variation will find this volume relevant, timely, and insightful.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G36]  2006.  xii, 320 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introducing the Midland: What is it, where is it, how do we know?
Beth Lee Simon
1. What is dialect? — Revisiting the Midland
Thomas E. Murray and Beth Lee Simon
The Evolving Midland
1. The North American Midland as a dialect area
Sharon Ash
2. Tracking the low back merger in Missouri
Matthew Gordon
3. Evidence from Ohio on the evolution of /ae/
Erik R. Thomas
Defining The Midland
4. On the use of geographic names to inform regional language studies
Edward Callary
5. On the eastern edge of the Heartland: Two industrial city dialects
Thomas Donahue
6. The final days of Appalachian Heritage Language
Kirk Hazen
8. It’ll kill ye or cure ye, one: The history and function of alternative one — antecedents of the Midland
Michael Montgomery
Power and Perception
7. Standardizing the Heartland
Richard W. Bailey
10. How to get to be one kind of Midwesterner: Accommodation to the Northern Cities Chain Shift
Betsy E. Evans, Jamila Jones, Norikazu Ito and Dennis R. Preston
11. Midland(s) dialect geography: Social and demographic variables
Timothy C. Frazer
12. Drawing out the /ai/: Dialect boundaries and /ai/ variation
Cynthia Bernstein
Other Languages, Other Places
13. Learning Spanish in the North Georgia Mountains
Ellen Johnson and David Boyle
14. The Midland above the Midland: Dialect variation by region, sex, and social group in the linguistic atlas of the Upper Midwest
Mike Linn and Ronald Regal
15. Portable Community: The linguistic and psychological reality of Midwestern Pennsylvania German
Steven Hartman Keiser
16. The English of the Swiss Amish of Northeastern Indiana
Chad L. Thompson
Subject Index
“Language Variation and Change in the American Midland serves as aconsiderable contribution to the growing body of literature on Midland English and, secondarily, is a worthy successor to Fraser's 'Heartland English'. The volume is a must-read book for anyone interested in the state of Midland English in the 21st century.”
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