American English Dialects and Variation

ISBN-10: 1405112662
ISBN-13: 9781405112666
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 468
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This book provides a very readable, up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covering regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences. contains new chapters on social and ethnic dialects, including a separate chapter on African American English and more comprehensive discussions of Latino, Native American, Cajun English, and other varieties, includes samples from a wider array of US regions features updated chapters as well as pedagogy such as new exercises, a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community accessibly written for the wide variety of students that enrol in a course on dialects, ranging from students with no background in linguistics to those who may wish to specialize in sociolinguistics

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Phonetic Symbols
Dialects, Standards, and Vernaculars
Defining Dialect
Dialect: The Popular Viewpoint
Dialect Myths and Reality
Standards and Vernaculars
Vernacular Dialects
Labeling Vernacular Dialects
Why Study Dialects?
A Tradition of Study
Further Reading
Why Dialects?
Sociohistorical Explanation
Settlement
Migration
Geographical factors
Language contact
Economic ecology
Social stratification
Social interaction, social practices, and speech communities
Group and individual identity
Linguistic Explanation
Rule extension
Analogy
Transparency and grammaticalization
Pronunciation phenomena
Words and word meanings
The Final Product
Further Reading
Levels of Dialect
Lexical Differences
Slang
Phonological Differences
Grammatical Differences
Language Use and Pragmatics
Further Reading
Dialects in the United States: Past, Present, and Future
The First English(es) in America
Earlier American English: The Colonial Period
American English Extended
The Westward Expansion of English
The Present and Future State of American English
Further Reading
Regional Dialects
Eliciting Regional Dialect Forms
Mapping Regional Variants
The Distribution of Dialect Forms
Dialect Diffusion
Perceptual Dialectology
Region and Place
Further Reading
Social and Ethnic Dialects
Defining Class
Beyond Social Class
The Patterning of Social Differences in Language
Linguistic Constraints on Variability
The Social Evaluation of Linguistic Features
Social Class and Language Change
Ethnicity
Latino English
Chicano English
The range of Latino English
Cajun English
Lumbee English
Further Reading
African American English
The Status of European American and African American Vernaculars
The Origin and Early Development of AAE
The Contemporary Development of AAE
Conclusion
Further Reading
Gender and Language Variation
Gender-based Patterns of Variation as Reported in Dialect Surveys
Explaining General Patterns
Localized Expressions of Gender Relations
Communities of Practice: Linking the Local and the Global
Language-use-based Approaches: The "Female Deficit" Approach
The "Cultural Difference" Approach
The "Dominance" Approach
Further Implications
Talking about Men and Women
Generic he and man
Family names and addresses
Relationships of association
Labeling
The Question of Language Reform
Further Reading
Dialects and Style
Types of Style Shifting
Attention to Speech
The patterning of stylistic variation across social groups
Limitations of the attention to speech approach
Audience Design
The effects of audience on speech style
Limitations of the audience design approach
Newer approaches to audience design
Speaker Design Approaches
Further Considerations
Further Reading
On the Applications of Dialect Study
Applied Dialectology
Dialects and Testing
Language achievement
Speech and language development tests
Predicting dialect interference
Testing Language
Using language to access information
The testing situation
The language diagnostician
Teaching Standard English
What standard?
Approaches to standard English
Can standard English be taught?
Further Reading
Dialect Awareness: Extending Application
Dialects and Reading
Dialect readers
Dialect Influence in Written Language
Written Dialect
Proactive Dialect Awareness Programs
A Curriculum on Dialects
Community-based Dialect Awareness Programs
Scrutinizing Community Partnerships
Further Reading
An Inventory of Distinguishing Dialect Features
Glossary
References
Index

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