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Title: The Cambridge History of the English Language Volume 6: English in North America
Written By: John Algeo
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521264790
Series Title: The Cambridge History of the English Language
Description:

Volume VI of The Cambridge History of the English Language traces the history of English in North America from its British background to its present position among the varieties of English used around the globe. The influences that have formed American English include the political, social, and cultural changes in American life, contact with other languages in North America, and continuing immigration from the British Isles and around the globe. In this book, sixteen leading authorities in the field consider how the vocabulary (both standard and slang), grammar, spelling, and usage in both the standard language and regional and social dialects have evolved in response to these influences, and examine the relationship of and interaction between British and American English. Separate chapters deal with African-American English, Canadian English and Newfoundland English and the volume also includes suggestions for further reading, a glossary of linguistic terms, and an extensive bibliography. "Essential reading..." Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts "Edited with great flair....Here you will find a delicious chapter on slang by Jonathan E. Lighter...The most useful part of Cambridge's book is the glossary." The New York Times "Comprehensive in scope and impressive in quality of scholarship...certain to become a classic.... The entire set is essential for all libraries whose patrons may have an interest in the history of English." Choice

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521264790
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Pages: 662
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