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Title: Language in the USA
Subtitle: Perspectives for the Twenty-first Century
Edited By: Edward Finegan
John R. Rickford
URL: http://www.cup.org/linguistics
Description:

This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in
the USA. Through a series of specially commissioned chapters by leading
scholars, it explores the nature of language variation in the United States
and its social, historical and political significance. The book is divided
into three sections. Part I, American English, explores the history and
distinctiveness of American English, and regional and social varieties.
Part II, Other Language Varieties, looks at multilingualism and linguistic
diversity. Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA includes
chapters on attitudes to language, language and education, Rap and Hip Hop,
and adolescent language. It also explores issues such as the Ebonics
controversy and the English Only movement. Clear, accessible and broad in
its coverage, this book will be welcomed by students across the disciplines
of English, Linguistics, Communication, American Studies and Popular
Culture, as well as anyone interested more generally in language-related
issues.

Contributors:
Richard W. Bailey, Edward Finegan, William Kretzschmar, Walt Wolfram, Lisa
Green, Joan Houston Hall, Joshua A. Fishman, Patricia Nichols, Akira Y.
Yamamoto, Ofelia Zepeda, Ana Celia Zentella, Carmen Silva-Corvalan, Ceil
Lucas, Clayton Valli, Thom Huebner, Linda Uyechi, Robert Bayley, Rosina
Lippi-Green, John Baugh, Terrence G. Wiley, Lily Wong Fillmore, Penelope
Eckert, Connie Eble, H. Samy Alim, Mary Bucholtz, James Peterson, Cynthia
Hagstrom, Denise E. Murray, Dennis R. Preston

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052177747X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 520
Prices: U.S. $ 34.99

 
 
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ISBN: 0521771757
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 520
Prices: U.S. $ 85.00