American Dialect Research

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Dennis R. Preston
John Benjamins Publishing, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 460 pages
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Containing all new material and published for the American Dialect Society's centennial celebration (1889-1989), this volume bings together in one place, as no previously published work has, current approaches to the general problems of language distribution and variation. The several chapters offer accounts of how questions are formulated and how data are collected, stored, and intepreted in the various research traditions of dialectology and sociolinguistics, particularly as they have been carried out by researchers associated with the American Dialect Society. More specifically, this book takes trips to the scholar's laboratory. How is this work done? What pitfalls in fieldwork, processing, and interpretation have been encountered and how have they been overcome? What techniques have been used to get at the facts and underlying explanations of language variety? What does recent work suggest about the most rewarding areas and methods for future investigation?
  

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Contents

Preface
1
I Area Studies
13
The Historical and Cultural Interpretation of Dialect
13
An Approach to Linguistic Geography
31
The Making of DARE
93
Some Applications of Mathematical and Statistical Models in Dialect Geography
107
Sociolinguistic Dialectology
133
II Community Studies
165
The quantitative analysis of linguistic variation
223
III Group Studies
251
A Perspective on AfricanAmerican English
287
The Case of Language and Law
319
IV Special Topics
331
Folk Dialectology
333
The Patterning of Variation in Performance
379
Resources for Research
433

The conduct of community language studies
167
Identifying and Interpreting Variables
193
Index of Dialects by Archive Number
449
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Dennis R. Preston is University Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University.

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