LINGUIST List 13.1752

Thu Jun 20 2002

Books: Sociolinguistics, Thomas Paul Bonfiglio

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  1. Julia Ulrich, Race and the Rise of Standard American by Thomas Paul Bonfiglio

Message 1: Race and the Rise of Standard American by Thomas Paul Bonfiglio

Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 18:28:27 +0200
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Race and the Rise of Standard American by Thomas Paul Bonfiglio


>From the series

Series Editors Monica Heller, Richard J. Watts

Thomas Paul Bonfiglio

2002. 23 x 15,5 cm. vii, 258 pages

Cloth. Euro 88.00 / sFr 141,- / *US$ 79.95
ISBN 3-11-017189-9

Paperback. Euro29.95 / sFr 48,- / *US$ 29.95
ISBN 3-11-017190-2

*for orders placed in North America

(Language, Power and Social Process 7)

This study examines the effect of race-consciousness upon the
pronunciation of American English and upon the ideology of
standardization in the twentieth century. It shows how the discourses
of prescriptivist pronunciation, the xenophobic reaction against
immigration to the eastern metropolises - especially New York - and
the closing of the western frontier together constructed an image of
the American West and Midwest as the locus of proper speech and
ethnicity. This study is of interest to scholars and students in
linguistics, American studies, cultural studies, Jewish studies, and
studies in race, class, and gender.

"... this is an excellent book, well researched and written and full
of substance. It will be an excellent resource for students interested
in language ideology generally, and in the history and development of
American ideology in particular." (Lesley Milroy, University of

>From the contents

I. The Legitimation of Accent
1. Power, Pronunciation, and the Symbolic
2. Standard Ideology
3. The Story of R
4. Heartland Rules

II. Pronunciations of Race
1. Saxons and Swarthy Swedes: Race and Alterity in Benjamin Franklin
2. From Noah to Noah: Webster's Ideology of Race and Language
3. Class and Race in the Nineteenth Century
4. Boston's Last Stand: The Prescriptions of Henry James
5. Of Tides and Tongues: Race, Language, and Immigration
6. Teutonic Struggles: Mencken and Matthews
7. Vizetelly and the Birth of Network Standard

III. Occident, Orient, and Alien
1. Harvard Looks West
2. The Resonances of the Post-Frontier
3. Splitting the Apple: Schizoglossia in New York

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

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