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Title: An Introduction to American English
Written By: Gunnel Tottie
Description:

An Introduction to American English explains American English in the context of American life, history, and institutions, while also making comparisons with British English.
This book includes chapters on spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary which discuss how the language reflects American lifestyles and how new words are created. Coverage also includes language use and politeness; regional, social, and ethnic dialects, such as
African-American English; and language politics. Much of the material presented is viewed within the framework of American history, government and education. Every chapter is followed by a set of recommended readings and references, some of which include Internet resources. An Introduction to American English is the ideal resource for non-native speakers and undergraduates studying of American
English, as well as teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

Contents:

Preface.
Introduction.
Part I: Writing it and Saying it.
Part II: American History for Language Students.
Part III: Running America: Government and Education.
Part IV: Life and Language in the United States.
Part V: American English Vocabulary: A Systematic View.
Part VI: Caught Out or Caught Off Base? Metaphors in American English.
Part VII: The Grammar of American English.
Part VIII: Using English in the United States.
Part IX: Varieties of American English.
Part X: Language Politics in the United States: English and Other Languages.
Websites.
Bibliography.
Linguistic Glossary.
Index of Alphabetisms and Acronyms.
Index of Zip Codes for States.
Subject Index.
Word Index.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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