American English: History, Structure, and Usage

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Overview

"This lively introduction to the study of language explores American English and its place within contemporary society, highlighting the role of language in our daily lives. Beginning with a definition of language, the text unpacks the basic concepts used in linguistics, placing them in the context of real-life situations. Using examples from popular culture, the authors show how the study of language is relevant to students' experience. Teachers and students will appreciate the book's innovative structure, designed to build an understanding of how different aspects of language work together. A variety of exercises - individual, group, discussion, research - is provided to support every teaching style. Imaginatively organised and fun to use, American English is the ideal guide to language study for students taking the subject as a general education requirement, beginning undergraduates in linguistics, and future teachers of English"--Provided by publisher.

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'A very user-friendly textbook: the chapters and examples will appeal to a wide range of students of American English, and they will find support in the excellent glossary, tables, thought-provoking exercises, and online links. I will certainly use it.' Kathy Lyday-Lee, Professor of Literature and Linguistics, Elon University

'This all-in-one textbook features a friendly style, informative text boxes, and exercises that will be very attractive to students in an introductory English language course.' Bill Kretzschmar, University of Georgia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521617888
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 657,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie S. Amberg is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at York College of Pennsylvania.

Deborah J. Vause is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at York College of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: What is language? 1

2 Defining American English 19

3 American English morphology 41

4 The historical roots of American English 60

5 American English grammar and syntax 81

6 American English sounds and spelling 101

7 Meaning and usage in American English 123

8 Variations in American English 145

9 Language, community, and American policy 165

10 Conclusion: Language policy and English language learners 191

Glossary 206

References 214

Index 217

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