American English: An Introduction

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Broadview Press, Sep 26, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 348 pages
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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!!

Contents

Preface
1
Why study American English?
7
a brief history
19
A new nation
37
Linguistic geography in the United States
51
Regional dialects of American English
63
Social dialects of American English
75
Ethnic dialects of American English 91
91
Rationality in American English
177
The straightforward American
203
The democratic nature of American English 219
219
The casual American
235
American prudery in language
247
Tall talk and grandiloquence
259
The inventiveness of American English
275
The imaginativeness of American English
289

Chapters Style in American English
105
American slang
117
Vocabulary differences between British
139
General accounts of BritishAmerican
155
Economy in American English
165
Action and success in American English
309
A new mind 317
317
References
329
Index
337
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Zoltán Kövecses is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; his other books include Metaphor and Emotion (Cambridge University Press) and The Language of Love (Bucknell University Press).

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