The Americas and the Carribean

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This volume gives a detailed overview of the varieties of English spoken in the Americas and the Caribbean, including regional, social and ethnic dialects (such as Southern US, Canadian or Chicano English) as well as Caribbean creoles from the Bahamas to Suriname. The chapters, written by widely acclaimed specialists, provide concise and comprehensive information on the phonological, morphological and syntactic characteristics of each variety discussed. The articles are followed by exercises and study questions. ...
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Overview

This volume gives a detailed overview of the varieties of English spoken in the Americas and the Caribbean, including regional, social and ethnic dialects (such as Southern US, Canadian or Chicano English) as well as Caribbean creoles from the Bahamas to Suriname. The chapters, written by widely acclaimed specialists, provide concise and comprehensive information on the phonological, morphological and syntactic characteristics of each variety discussed. The articles are followed by exercises and study questions. The exercises are geared towards students and can be used for classroom assignments as well as for self study in preparation for exams. Instructors can use the exercises, sound samples and interactive maps to enhance their classroom presentations and to highlight important language features. The accompanying CD-ROM contains interactive maps and speech samples that supplement the printed articles and offer material and data for further research. The rich detail found in the chapters as well as the valuable tools on the CD-Rom make this survey of English Varieties a mainstay for researchers and teachers. Key features indispensable textbook for students of English linguistics exercises and study questions interactive CD-ROM
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"Overall, this volume is a very helpful addition to the canon of world Englishes studies."Richard W. Hallett in: Lingusit List 23.3263 "No doubt the last word the editors want to hear is a call for ?more’, but that is certainly a future effort greatly to be desired."Lise Winer in: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 24:2/2009 "It should be in every research library that does not already own the 2004 Handbook. [...] Highly recommended."J. M. Alexander in: Choise 05/2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110196368
  • Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents of companion volumes viii

Abbreviations xvi

List of features: Phonology and phonetics Edgar W. Schneider xix

List of features: Morphology and syntax Bernd Kortmann xxv

General introduction Bernd Kortmann Edgar W. Schneider 1

General references 8

Introduction: varieties of English in the Americas and the Caribbean Edgar W. Schneider 23

Phonology

Standard American English pronunciation William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. 37

New England: Phonology Naomi Nagy Julie Roberts 52

New York, Philadelphia, and other northern cities: Phonology Matthew J. Gordon 67

Rural Southern white accents Erik R. Thomas 87

The urban South: Phonology Jan Tillery Guy Bailey 115

The West and Midwest: phonology Matthew J. Gordon 129

English in Canada: phonology Charles Boberg 144

Newfoundland English: phonology Sandra Clarke 161

African American Vernacular English: phonology Walter F. Edwards 181

Gullah: phonology Tracey L. Weldon 192

Cajun Vernacular English: phonology Sylvia Dubois Barbara M. Horvath 208

Chicano English: phonology Otto Santa Ana Robert Bayley 219

Bahamian English: phonology Becky Childs Walt Wolfram 239

Jamaican Creole and Jamaican English: phonology Hubert Devonish Otelemate G. Harry 256

Eastern Caribbean English-derived language varieties: phonology Michael Aceto 290

Bajan: phonology Renée Blake 312

The creoles of Trinidad and Tobago: phonology Valerie Youssef Winford James 320

Suriname creoles: phonology Norval Smith Vinije Haabo 339

Synopsis: phonological variation in the Americas and the Caribbean Edgar W. Schneider 383

Morphology and Syntax

ColloquialAmerican English: grammatical features Thomas E. Murray Beth Lee Simon 401

Appalachian English: morphology and syntax Michael B. Montgomery 428

Rural and ethnic varieties in the Southeast: morphology and syntax Walt Wolfram 468

Newfoundland English: morphology and syntax Sandra Clarke 492

Urban African American Vernacular English: morphology and syntax Walt Wolfram 510

Earlier African American English: morphology and syntax Alexander Kautzsch 534

Gullah: morphology and syntax Salikoko S. Mufwene 551

Chicano English: morphology and syntax Robert Bayley Otto Santa Ana 572

Bahamian English: morphology and syntax Jeffrey Reaser Benjamin Torbert 591

Jamaican Creole: morphology and syntax Peter L. Patrick 609

Eastern Caribbean English-derived language varieties: morphology and syntax Michael Aceto 645

The creoles of Trinidad and Tobago: morphology and syntax Winford James Valerie Youssef 661

Surinamese creoles: morphology and syntax Donald Winford Bettina Migge 693

Belize and other central American varieties: morphology and syntax Geneviève Escure 732

Synopsis: morphological and syntactic variation in the Americas and the Caribbean Edgar W. Schneider 763

Index of subjects 777

Index of varieties and languages 796

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