Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century

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Edward Finegan, Charles Albert Ferguson, Shirley Brice Heath, John R. Rickford
Cambridge University Press, Jun 24, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 502 pages
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This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in the USA, exploring the nature of language variation in the United States and its social, historical and political significance. The book is divided into three sections: Part I, American English; Part II, Other Language Varieties; and Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA. Clear, accessible and broad in its coverage, it will be welcomed by students across the disciplines of English, Linguistics, Communication, American Studies and Popular Culture, as well as anyone interested more generally in language-related issues.
  

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Contents

American English its origins and history
3
American English and its distinctiveness
18
Regional dialects
39
Social varieties of American English
58
African American English
76
The Dictionary of American Regional English
92
Other language varieties
113
Multilingualism and nonEnglish mother tongues
115
The sociolinguistic situation
287
Language ideology and language prejudice
289
Ebonics and its controversy
305
Language planning language policy and the EnglishOnly Movement
319
Language in education
339
Adolescent language
361
Slang
375
Hip Hop Nation Language
387

Creole languages forging new identities
133
Native American languages
153
Spanish in the Northeast
182
Spanish in the Southwest
205
American Sign Language
230
Asian American voices language in the Asian American community
245
Linguistic diversity and English language acquisition
268
Language gender and sexuality
410
Linguistic identity and community in American literature
430
The language of doctors and patients
445
The language of cyberspace
463
Language attitudes to speech
480
Index
493
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Edward Finegan is Professor of Linguistics and Law at the University of Southern California.

John R. Rickford is Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University, and Director of Stanford University's program in African and Afro-American Studies.

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