An Introduction To American English / Edition 1

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"A splendidly informative, yet lucid and easy-to-consult work. It contains all one might expect - such as clear chapters on vocabulary and accent - but also much much more: the sections on American culture, metaphor, greetings, swearwords, and websites are super-useful."
Jean Aitchison, Worcester College, University of Oxford

"I have many excellent European students whose English grammar is first-class but who have no idea what a sophomore is. This book is a wonderful introduction to the interface between American English and American society which attends not only to linguistic detail but also to the way in which the culture of Americans is reflected in their language."
Peter Trudgill, Fribourg University

"This textbook is thus highly recommended to students of English with basic reading knowledge and teachers of English (prospective teachers, too) as a second or foreign language virtually anywhere in the world. Native speakers of American English will also find this book interesting." (Journal of Sociolinguistics)

"Overall, this book not only provides a clear overview of the distinguishing characteristics of American English but also the historical and cultural background to explain those characteristics." (Studies in Second Language Acquisition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631197911
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: Language Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gunnel Tottie is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is author of Negation in English Speech and Writing (1991) and editor of Creating and Using English Language Corpora (with Udo Fries and Peter Schneider, 1994), and Negation in the History of English (with Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Wim van der Wurff, 1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction 1
1 Writing It and Saying It 8
2 American History for Language Students 25
3 Running America: Government and Education 53
4 Life and Language in the United States 69
5 American English Vocabulary: A Systematic View 93
6 Caught Out or Caught Off Base? Metaphors in American English 130
7 The Grammar of American English 146
8 Using English in the United States 179
9 Varieties of American English 206
10 Language Politics in the United States: English and Other Languages 232
Bibliography 247
Linguistic Glossary 255
Index of Alphabetisms and Acronyms 260
Index of Zip Codes for States 263
Subject Index 264
Word Index 274
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