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Query:   Resource Search: History of American English
Author:  Ashley Williams
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature

Summary:   Thank you to the following people who responded to my query on
resources on the history of American English (beyond Bailey &
Finegan's chapters in Language in the USA & beyond Bill Bryson's
popular works):
JL Campbell
Kat Dziwirek
Lisa Galvin
Peter Grund
Joachim Grzega
Lauren Hall-Lew
Alice Horning
Stephen Lucek
Wayne O'Neill
Joshua Raclaw
Edgar Schneider

Here is their list of suggestions:

- The Adventure of English (& companion book)
- Do You Speak American? (& companion book)
- American Tongues

- Wolfram & Schilling Estes, American English (esp. chs. 2 & 4)
- Fennell, A History of English: A Sociolinguistic Approach (esp. ch. 7)
- Tottie, An Introduction to American English (for comparisons of
American English with British English)
- Dicker, Languages in America
- Abley, The Prodigal Tongue (on Englishes in the world)
- Mufwene & Baugh on history of AAVE, Ebonics
- Schneider, Postcolonial English (esp. ch. 6)
- Kovecses, American English: An Introduction
- Svartvik & Leech, English: One Tongue, Many Voices (esp. chs. 5 &
8, connect American English & British English & trace the history)
- Writings by HL Mencken, William Safire, Geoff Nunberg (esp. Going

HL Mencken's The American Language, is available online at:

There is also an abridged version of Mencken by Raven I. McDavid.

Thanks again to all who responded. I look forward to tackling this list!

LL Issue: 21.3388
Date Posted: 24-Aug-2010
Original Query: Read original query


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