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Dialect and Language Variation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120511303, 9781483294766

Dialect and Language Variation

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Serial Editor: Michael Linn
eBook ISBN: 9781483294766
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th February 1986
Page Count: 616
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This anthology emphasizes dialects of American English and language variation in America. The editors present original essays by today's leading investigators, including articles by some of Europe's best dialectologists, obtained expressly for this work.

Key Features

Important topics featured in Dialect and Language Variation include:Dialect theories: linguistic geography, structural and generative dialectology, and language variation.The nature of social dialects and language variation, with attention to women's speech.Overview of regional dialects and area studies.The nature and study of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects, including Black, Italian, Irish, Chicano, and Jewish ethnic groups.The application of dialect studies to education.Of special interest to dialectologists, sociolinguists, and English language educators and specialists, this work provides original insight intoa general background and history of dialect theoryan overview of regional geography and area studiesthe principles of social dialects and language variation from several perspectivesan exploration of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects o explanations of the relationship between historical and language change**a section on how dialects and language variation can contribute to effective language instruction.

Table of Contents

Dialect Theory: G. Bottiglioni, Linguistic Geography: Achievements, Methods, and Orientations. U. Weinreich, Is Structural Dialectology Possible? K.M. Petyt, Other Recent Approaches. Regional Dialects: E.B. Atwood, The Methods of American Dialectology. H. Kurath, The Sociocultural Background of Dialect Areas in American English. R.I. McDavid, Jr., Linguistic Geography. W.R. Van Riper, General American: An Ambiguity. A.R. Duckert, The Speech of Rural New England. T.C. Frazer, South Midland Pronunciation in the North Central States. H.B. Allen, The Primary Dialect Areas of the Upper Midwest. L. Pederson, Grassroots Grammar in the Gulf States. B.L. Van Riper, The Speech of the American Heartland: Oklahoma. C.E. Reed and D.W. Reed, Problems of English Speech Mixture in California and Nevada. R.R. Butters, Unstressed Vowels in Appalachian English. F.G. Cassidy, Language Variation--Some Realities. W.S. Avis, The Contemporary Context of Canadian English. I. Pringle, The Concept of Dialect and the Study of Canadian English. Social Dialects and Language Variation: V. McDavid, The Social Distribution of Selected Verb Forms in the Linguistic Atlas of the North Central States. H.B. Allen, The Linguistic Atlas of the Upper Midwest as a Source of Sociolinguistic Information. C. Feagin, Southern White in the English Language Community. R. Ohmann, Reflections on Class and Language. W. Labov, The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores. S. Ash, The Vocalization of Intervocalic /l/ in Philadelphia. A.S. Kroch, Toward a Theory of Social Dialect Variation. L. Milroy, Social Network and Linguistic Focusing. R. Shuy, Aspects of Language Variability and Two Areas of Applications. P. Trudgill, Social Identity and Linguistic Sex Differentiation. R. Lakoff, You Say What You Are: Acceptability and Gender-Related Language. W. Viereck, Social Dialectology: A Plea for More Data. Ethnicity and Dialects: M. Laferriere, Ethnicity in Phonological Variation and Change. R.W. Fasold, The Relation between Black and White Speech in the South. J. Baugh, A Reexamination of the Black English Copula. R.M. Thompson, Mexican-American English: Social Correlates of Regional Pronunciation. Historical Development and Language Change: G.J. Forgue, American English at the Time of the Revolution. W. Labov, The Social Origins of Sound Change. W. Washabaugh, On the Sociality of Creole Languages. Dialects and Education: R.B. Smith and D.M. Lance, Standard and Disparate Varieties of English in the United States: Educational Sociopolitical Implications. M.D. Linn and G. Pichi, Black and White Adolescent and Preadolescent Attitudes toward Black English. W.L. Leap, American Indian English and its Implications for Bilingual Education. Index.


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About the Serial Editor

Michael Linn

Michael Linn is a professor in the Department of Composition at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He co-edited the First Edition of (1986) with Harold B. Allen.

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University of Minnesota, Duluth, U.S.A.

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