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Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century (2004)

by Edward Finegan

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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.… (more)
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Not the most engaging read (used as a textbook), but jam packed with great information if you're into that sort of thing.... ( )
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Nice to see indigenous languages included! ( )
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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.

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PART 1 : AMERICAN ENGLISH -- American English: its origins and history / Richard W. Bailey -- American English and its distinctiveness / Edward Finegan -- Regional dialects / William Kretzschmar -- Social varieties of American English / Walt Wolfram -- African American English / Lisa Green -- The dictionary of American regional English / Joan Houston Hall-- PART 2 : OTHER LANGUAGE VARIETIES -- Multilingualism and non-English mother tongues / Joshua A Fishman -- Creole languages forging new identities / Patricia Nichols -- Native American languages / Akira Y. Yamamoto, Ofelia Zepeda -- Spanish in the Northeast / Ana Celia Zentella -- Spanish in the Southwest / Carmen Silva-Corvalán -- American sign language / Cecil Lucas, Clayton Valli -- Asian American voices / Thom Huebner, Linda Uyechi -- Linguistic diversity and English language acquisition / Robert Bayley -- PART 3 : THE SOCIOLINGUISTIC SITUATION -- Language ideology and language prejudice / Rosina Lippi-Green -- Ebonics and its controversy / John Baugh -- Language planning, language policy, and the English-only Movement / Terrence G. Wiley -- Language in Education / Lily Wong Fillmore -- Adolescent language / Penelope Eckert -- Slang / Connie Eble -- Hip Hop Nation Language / H. Samy Alim -- Language, gender and sexuality / Mary Bucholtz -- Language identity and community in American literature / James Peterson -- The language of doctors and patients / Cynthia Hagstrom -- The language of cyberspace / Denise E. Murray -- Language attitudes to speech / Dennis R. Preston.
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