Title: American English
Subtitle: Dialects and Variation, Second Edition
Series Title: Language in Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Author: Natalie Schilling-Estes
Author: Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University
Hardback: ISBN: 1405112654 Pages: 472 Price: U.S. $ 71.95
Hardback: ISBN: 1405112654 Pages: 472 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1405112662 Pages: 472 Price: U.S. $ 36.95
Paperback: ISBN: 1405112662 Pages: 472 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
This book provides a very readable, up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covering regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences. It 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. It 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.
The book is accessibly written for the wide variety of students that enroll in a course on dialects, ranging from students with no background in linguistics to those who may wish to specialize in sociolinguistics.