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Wed Aug 18 2010

Qs: Resource Search: History of American English

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        1.    Ashley Williams, Resource Search: History of American English

Message 1: Resource Search: History of American English
Date: 17-Aug-2010
From: Ashley Williams <amw9zvirginia.edu>
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English
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I'm looking for brief readings (article/chapter length) on the history of
American English for my undergrads in my American Studies course,
Language in the US. When we've covered this before, we typically read
the two chapters from Finegan & Rickford's edited volume, "Language
in the USA" (one by Richard Bailey, "American English: Its origins &
history", the other by Edward Finegan, "American English & its
distinctiveness"), which work well as introductory material. Sometimes
I've supplemented this with excerpts from Bill Bryson's book "Made in
America", but this doesn't exactly inspire discussion. I've had luck with
Finegan's mention of the controversy surrounding the "translations" of
Harry Potter into American English - is there anything else out there
that also covers this?

I guess I'm looking for further supplementary material that isn't too
lengthy and that undergrads might find interesting. Perhaps journal
articles or book chapters on some particularly American usage
(historical or otherwise)? Something comparing an aspect of American
usage vs. British or other usage? An interesting, discussion-worthy
diatribe against American English? Anything else useful?

Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your help.

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