LINGUIST List 8.162

Tue Feb 4 1997

Sum: Varieties of English

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  1. Mario Cal Varela, Varieties of English

Message 1: Varieties of English

Date: Sat, 1 Feb 1997 12:49:02 +0100
From: Mario Cal Varela <>
Subject: Varieties of English

Dear linguists,

Two weeks ago I posted a message asking for information about "general
bibliographical references and/or samples of speech commercially
available on tape, CD-ROM or via Internet for a university course on
geographical, social and situational varieties of English". I thank
all those people who sent their suggestions or showed any interest in
the issue.

Tej K. Bhatia's suggestion: 

>I am using American Tongues (available from New American Media
212-925-5692 fax) >in my sociolinguisitic course. SOme vlumes of the
Story of ENglish might >also help you. Routledge London has a CD ROM
of the English varieties, but >I have not have the opportunity to use

Christine M. Babick's:

>I bought one cassette tape from a commercial audiobook catalog that I
 receive >quarterly. They sell two tapes you might be able to use,
which are actually >for drama students who want to gain facility with
American and British >English dialects and accents.They also include
English spoken with >nonnative-speaker accents. Here's a description:
>DIALECT MONOLOGUES, VOL 1: Texan, Irish, British, French, New York,
Boston, >Mountain Southern (American), Chicago, German, Yiddish,
Spanish, Italian,
>Cockney. L6X913a 1 cassette and booklet $19.95
>DIALECT MONOLOGUES, VOL 2: Black African, Northern Irish, English South
>African, Welsh, Cajun, Canadian, Afrikaans, Liverpudlian, Asian Indian,
>Hebrew, New England, Australian, Russian, and Scottish. L5X927a 1 cass.
>and booklet $19.95
>Order from: Audio Editions, Books on Cassette, P.O. Box 6930, Auburn,
>California, 95604, USA tele: 800-231-4261 or fax: 800-882-1840
>These are toll-free numbers when dialed within the USA---I don't know if
>can use it.
>Here's e mail:
>When ordering, use the item numbers listed above.

Gisle Andersen's:
>You might want to know that we have got a 500,000 word corpus of the spoken
>English of London teenagers. This will be launched on CD-ROM this spring.
>At present you can view the texts at which also
>contains more info about this corpus project.

Thanks also to Richard Firsten, who's given me a contact at Florida
International University (any further information derived from this will
also be posted to the list); Celso Alvarez CE1ccamo, who maintains an
interesting page on code-switching in conversation
(; and
Richard Dury and Marc Fryd.
Mario Cal Varela
Departamento de FiloloxEDa Inglesa e Alemana, despacho 307
Facultade de FiloloxEDa
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
c/ Burgo das NaciF3ns s/n
Santiago 15705
tlf (981) 563100 ext. 11858
fax (981) 574646
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