An Introduction To American English / Edition 1

An Introduction To American English / Edition 1

by Gunnel Tottie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631197915

ISBN-13: 9780631197911

Pub. Date: 12/31/2001

Publisher: Wiley

An Introduction to American English explains American English in the context of American life, history, and institutions, while also making comparisons with British English.

This book includes chapters on spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary which discuss how the language reflects American lifestyles and how new words are created. Coverage

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An Introduction to American English explains American English in the context of American life, history, and institutions, while also making comparisons with British English.

This book includes chapters on spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary which discuss how the language reflects American lifestyles and how new words are created. Coverage also includes language use and politeness; regional, social, and ethnic dialects, such as African-American English; and language politics. Much of the material presented is viewed within the framework of American history, government and education. Every chapter is followed by a set of recommended readings and references, some of which include Internet resources.

An Introduction to American English is the ideal resource for non-native speakers and undergraduates studying of American English, as well as teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631197911
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Series:
Language Library Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction1
1Writing It and Saying It8
2American History for Language Students25
3Running America: Government and Education53
4Life and Language in the United States69
5American English Vocabulary: A Systematic View93
6Caught Out or Caught Off Base? Metaphors in American English130
7The Grammar of American English146
8Using English in the United States179
9Varieties of American English206
10Language Politics in the United States: English and Other Languages232
Bibliography247
Linguistic Glossary255
Index of Alphabetisms and Acronyms260
Index of Zip Codes for States263
Subject Index264
Word Index274

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