American English: An Introduction
This book is a cultural-historical (rather than purely linguistic) introduction to American English. The first part consists of a general account of variation in American English. It offers concise but comprehensive coverage of such topics as the history of American English; regional, social and ethnic variation; variation in style (including slang); and British and American differences. The second part of the book puts forward an account of how American English has developed into a dominant variety of the English language. It focuses on the ways in which intellectual traditions such as puritanism and republicanism, in shaping the American world view, have also contributed to the distinctiveness of American English.
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Basic but very good and well structured and condensed History of American English. Concerned with the major and most important questions regarding the evolution of American English. GREAT WORK!!
Why study American English?
a brief history
A new nation
Linguistic geography in the United States
Regional dialects of American English
Social dialects of American English
Ethnic dialects of American English 91
Rationality in American English
The straightforward American
The democratic nature of American English 219
The casual American
American prudery in language
Tall talk and grandiloquence
The inventiveness of American English
The imaginativeness of American English
Creative Compounding in English: The Semantics of Metaphorical and ...
Limited preview - 2006
International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Issues 133-134
No preview available - 1998