American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast / Edition 1

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This collection gives readers a new understanding of language diversity through an engaging look at regional, ethnic, and sociocultural dialects such as African America, Chicano, Cajun, and Jewish English.
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“This is a terrific book! Its geographical and socioculturalcoverage is impressively broad, and its contributors include theleading experts on each variety. Authoritative content, accessiblewriting, jazzy titles and copious photographs combine to make thisa volume that linguistic professionals, college students, and thegeneral public will find equally inviting.” John R.Rickford, Stanford University

“Walt Wolfram must be a very persuasive man. He and BenWard have persuaded some of the world’s greatest experts onNorth American varieties of English to appear between the samecovers to create a state-of-the-art, but also extremely accessibleand highly enjoyable, book on these fascinating dialects, theirpasts, and their futures.” Peter Trudgill, University ofFribourg

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405121095
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,029,498
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor atNorth Carolina State University.

Ben Ward is Consultant Editor of LanguageMagazine, the Journal of Communication and Education.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


1. Language Evolution or Dying Traditions. The State of AmericanDialects. (Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes).

Part I The South.

2. Sounds of the South. (Guy Bailey and Jan Tillery).

3. Defining Appalachian English. (Kirk Hazen and EllenFluharty).

4. If these Hills Could Talk (Smoky Mountains). (ChristineMallinson, Becky Childs, Neal Hutcheson, and Bridget Anderson).

5. Doing the Charleston (South Carolina). (MaciejBaranowski).

6. The Lone Star State of Speech (Texas).(Guy Bailey and JanTillery).

7. Speaking the Big Easy (New Orleans, LA). (Connie Eble).

8. Sounds of Ole Man River (Memphis, TN). (ValerieFridland).

Part II The North.

9. Yakking with the Yankees (New England). (Julie Roberts, NaomiNagy, and Charles Boberg).

10. Beantown Babble (Boston, MA). (Jim Fitzpatrick).

11. Mainely English. (Jane Smith).

12. Steel Town Speak (Pittsburgh, PA). (Barbara Johnstone andScott Kiesling).

13. New Yawk Tawk (New York City, NY). (Michael Newman).

14. Expressions of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia, PA). (ClaudioSalvucci).

15. Maple Leaf Rap (Canada). (J.K. Chambers).

Part III The Midwest.

16. An Introduction to Midwest English. (Timothy C. Frazer).

17. Straight Talking from the Heartland (Midwest). (MatthewGordon).

18. Words of the Windy City (Chicago, IL). (RichardCameron).

19. Different Ways of Talking in the Buckeye State (Ohio).(Beverly Flanigan).

20. Spirited Speech (St. Louis, MO). (Tom Murray).

21. Saying Ya to the Yoopers (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula).(Beth Simon).

Part IV The West.

22. Getting Real in the Golden State (California). (PenelopeEckert and Norma Mendoza- Denton).

23. Desert Dialect (Utah). (Davie Bowie and Wendy Morkel).

24. Dialects in the Mist (Portland, OR). (Jeff Conn).

25. Arizona’s not so Standard English. (LaurenLew-Hall).

Part V Islands.

26. Topics from the Tropics (Hawai’i). (MiriamMeyerhoff).

27. Speaking Strictly Roots (West Indies). (Renee Blake).

28. Gullah Gullah Islands (Sea Island, SC, GA). (TraceyWeldon).

29. Islands of Diversity (Bahamas). (Walt Wolfram, Becky Childs,Jeffrey Reaser, and Ben Torbert).

30. Dialect in Danger (Outer Banks, NC). (Walt Wolfram).

31. Fighting the Tide (Smith Island, MD). (NatalieSchilling-Estes).

32. From Cod to Cool (Newfoundland, Canada). (Sandra Clark).

33. The World’s Loneliest Island (Tristan de Cunha).(Daniel Schreier).

Sociocultural Dialects.

34. Bridging the Great Divide (African American English). (JohnBaugh).

35. When Languages Collide (African American English). (WaltWolfram and Benjamin Torbert).

36. Talking with mi Gente (Chicano English). (CarmenFought).

37. Stirring the Linguistic Gumbo (Cajun English). (MeganMelancon).

38. From the Brickhouse to the Swamp (Lumbee VernacularEnglish). (Walt Wolfram).

39. More than just yada, yada, yada (Jewish English). (CynthiaBernstein).

40. Fading Future for Ferhoodled English (Pennsylvania German).(Lois Huffines).

Notes on Contributors.

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