Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V: Sl-Z

Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V: Sl-Z

by Harvard

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674047358
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1296
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.20(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Joan Houston Hall is Distinguished Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the DARE staff in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000.

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The Dictionary of American Regional English...is all we had hoped for and more. It includes the regional and folk language, past and present, of the old and the young, men and women, white and black, the rural and the urban, from all walks of life... This is an exciting, lasting work of useful scholarship accomplished with excellence, a work that scholars and laypeople alike will study, use and enjoy for generations.
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The Dictionary of American Regional English is an essential resource for the English language and its rich expression in America. From Mark Twain to William Faulkner, our great writers have anchored their work in regional English with its deep ties to the places in which Americans live. With the publication of this magnificent volume, we can now fully understand and embrace the voice of our nation.
William Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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This is a monumental achievement, nothing less than a comprehensive account of the ever-expanding ways we talk to each other. Up above, Noah Webster and Mark Twain are smiling.

Joseph J. Ellis, Mount Holyoke College

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