Dictionary of American Regional English: I-O
Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996 - History - 927 pages
Dip into the Dictionary of American Regional English and enter the rich, endlessly entertaining, ever-changing world of American speech. Learn what a Minnesota grandma is making when she fixes lefse, what a counterman in a Buffalo deli means by kimmelweck or a Hawaiian baker puts into a malassada. Find out what kids on the streets of New York are doing when they play Johnny-on-the-pony or off-the-point, what Southerners do when they use their tom walkers, what the folks in Oklahoma and Texas celebrate on Juneteenth and those in some parts of Wisconsin at a kermis.
Like its enormously popular predecessors, this volume captures the language of our lives, from east to west, north to south, urban to rural, childhood to old age. Here are the terms that distinguish us, one from the other, and knit us together in one vast, colorful tapestry of imperfect, perfectly enchanting speech. More than five hundred maps show where you might be if you looked in a garden and saw moccasin flowers, indian cigars, or lady peas; if you encountered a bullfrog and cried, "jugarum!"; or came upon a hover fly and exclaimed, "newsbee!" And here, at long last, is an explanation of what the madstone and the money cat portend.
Built upon an unprecedented survey of spoken English across America and bolstered by extensive historical research, the Dictionary of American Regional English preserves a language that lives and dies as we breathe. It will amuse and inform, delight and instruct, and keep alive the speech that we have made our own, and that has made us who we are.
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Dictionary of American Regional English: Contrastive Maps, Index to Entry Labels, Questionnaire and Fieldwork DataUser Review - Book Verdict
Fans of the long-running project to create the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) have much to cheer and to consider. To cheer: this sixth volume follows its predecessor after only one year, and the work as a whole won this year's Dartmouth Award for outstanding reference source. To consider: a digital version is slated for launch later this year by Harvard University Press, for which beta testers are currently being recruited. This volume is anchored by 1,600 contrastive maps and a regional index. Many, but not all, maps from volumes one through five have been included, and new ones have been produced, including social-contrast maps indicating factors such as age and education level. Examples include six traditional DARE maps for the base word "potluck"; these identify Indiana as using multiple other words, such as "dinner on the grounds." A social-contrast map indicates that older people in Indiana, but not many other states, still use the phrase "barn-raising." Want to learn other words that are likewise special to Indiana? The index section allows searching by state, region, and ethnic background, such as German words. Listings for cities are included with their states—New Orleans appears within Louisiana's list, for example. Naturally, many items are labeled with reference to the preceding volumes. Here the appeal of a digital version becomes clear; instead of obtaining a second printed volume and following the reference, the reader can simply click a mouse. The DARE project already offers some resources online at dare.wisc.edu, including indexing and basic searching, to be used with the printed resource. Together with Harvard UP, the project has established both a Twitter feed and Facebook page. VERDICT This thorough, fascinating work of scholarship is highly recommended for serious language students, with budget-minded customers encouraged to await release of the digital resource.—Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL
Review: Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume VI: Contrastive Maps, Index to Entry Labels, Questionnaire, and Fieldwork DataUser Review - Mr. Northern - Goodreads
Hall, JH, & Schneidemesser, L. (2013). Dictionary of American Regional English (6th ed.). Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Citation by: Sam Northern Type of Reference: Dictionary Call Number: 427 ... Read full review
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