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From the Publisher"A splendidly informative, yet lucid and easy-to-consult work. Itcontains all one might expect - such as clear chapters onvocabulary and accent - but also much much more: the sections onAmerican culture, metaphor, greetings, swearwords, and websites aresuper-useful."
—Jean Aitchison, Worcester College, University ofOxford
"I have many excellent European students whose English grammaris first-class but who have no idea what a sophomore is. This bookis a wonderful introduction to the interface between AmericanEnglish and American society which attends not only to linguisticdetail but also to the way in which the culture of Americans isreflected in their language."
—Peter Trudgill, Fribourg University
"This textbook is thus highly recommended to students of Englishwith basic reading knowledge and teachers of English (prospectiveteachers, too) as a second or foreign language virtually anywherein the world. Native speakers of American English will also findthis book interesting." (Journal of Sociolinguistics)
"Overall, this book not only provides a clear overview of thedistinguishing characteristics of American English but also thehistorical and cultural background to explain thosecharacteristics." (Studies in Second LanguageAcquisition)