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English in the Southern United States

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ISBN-10: 0521822645

ISBN-13: 9780521822640

Edition: 2003

Authors: Stephen J. Nagle, Sara L. Sanders, Bas Aarts, John Algeo, Susan Fitzmaurice

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The English of the southern United States is possibly the most studied of any regional variety of any language because of its rich internal diversity, its distinctiveness among regional varieties in the United States, its significance as a marker of regional identity, and the general folkloric appeal of southern culture. However, most, if not all, books about Southern American English have been directed almost exclusively toward scholars already working in the field. This volume, written by a team of experts, many of them internationally known, provides a broad overview of the foundations of and current research on language variation in the southern United States designed to invite new inquiry and inquirers. It explores historical and cultural elements, iconic contemporary features, and current changes in progress. Central themes, issues and topics of scholarly investigation and debate figure prominently throughout the volume. The extensive bibliography will facilitate continued research.
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Book details

List price: $98.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/9/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 260
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics .

Introduction
The origins of southern American English
Shakespeare in the coves and hollows? Toward a history of southern English
Eight grammatical features of southern US speech present in early modern London prison narratives
The shared ancestry of African-American and American white southern Englishes: some speculations dictated by history
The complex grammatical history of African-American and white vernaculars in the South
Grammatical features of southern speech: yall, might could, and fixin to Cynthia
Sounding southern: a look at the phonology of English in the South
Vowel shifting in the southern states
Enclave dialect communities in the South
Urbanization and the evolution of southern American English
The Englishes of southern Louisiana
Features and uses of southern style