American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast

American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast

by Walt Wolfram, Ben Ward
     
 

Ever wanted to yak with the Yankees or speak the Big Easy? Well, travel with American Voices across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to experience both familiar and little-known dialects that are thriving despite the homogenizing pressure exerted by our mass-communication culture. Edited by acclaimed linguist, Walt Wolfram, and consultant editor

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Ever wanted to yak with the Yankees or speak the Big Easy? Well, travel with American Voices across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to experience both familiar and little-known dialects that are thriving despite the homogenizing pressure exerted by our mass-communication culture. Edited by acclaimed linguist, Walt Wolfram, and consultant editor of Language Magazine, Ben Ward, this collection gives readers a new understanding of language diversity through an engaging look at regional, ethnic, and sociocultural dialects such as African American, Chicano, Cajun, and Jewish English.

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“This is a terrific book! Its geographical and sociocultural coverage is impressively broad, and its contributors include the leading experts on each variety. Authoritative content, accessible writing, jazzy titles and copious photographs combine to make this a volume that linguistic professionals, college students, and the general public will find equally inviting.” John R. Rickford, Stanford University

“Walt Wolfram must be a very persuasive man. He and Ben Ward have persuaded some of the world’s greatest experts on North American varieties of English to appear between the same covers to create a state-of-the-art, but also extremely accessible and highly enjoyable, book on these fascinating dialects, their pasts, and their futures.” Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405121088
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
“This is a terrific book! Its geographical and sociocultural coverage is impressively broad, and its contributors include the leading experts on each variety. Authoritative content, accessible writing, jazzy titles and copious photographs combine to make this a volume that linguistic professionals, college students, and the general public will find equally inviting.” John R. Rickford, Stanford University

“Walt Wolfram must be a very persuasive man. He and Ben Ward have persuaded some of the world’s greatest experts on North American varieties of English to appear between the same covers to create a state-of-the-art, but also extremely accessible and highly enjoyable, book on these fascinating dialects, their pasts, and their futures.” Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg

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