LINGUIST List 21.3388

Tue Aug 24 2010

Sum: 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: 23-Aug-2010
From: Ashley Williams <>
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 21.3329 Thank you to the following people who responded to my query onresources on the history of American English (beyond Bailey &Finegan's chapters in Language in the USA & beyond Bill Bryson'spopular works):JL CampbellKat DziwirekLisa GalvinPeter GrundJoachim GrzegaLauren Hall-LewAlice HorningStephen LucekWayne O'NeillJoshua RaclawEdgar Schneider

Here is their list of suggestions:

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

Texts:- 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 ofAmerican 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. GoingNucular)

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! Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Ling & Literature                             Sociolinguistics

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