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Language in the USA - Charles A. Ferguson

Language in the USA

By: Charles A. Ferguson (Editor), Shirley Brice Heath (Editor)

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Published: 9th November 1981
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Language in the USA is a volume of specially commisioned studies on the language situation in America, how it came to be the way it is, and the forces of changes within it. The USA has its own unique pattern of languages: American English, the principal language, different in structure and use from other kinds of English in the world; two hundred American Indian languages, some of them flourishing as never before; Spanish, spoken in North America before English and now the second most important language in the country; a cost of immigrant languages, each with a different history of accommodation to the American scene. The book explains the place of these various languages and how they are used in education, the professions, and general communication. One objective of the editors was to provide background information on such issues as legalese, Black English, bilingual education, Indian alphabets, correct English. Another objective was to stimulate interests in the facts of language use in local communities and in the nation. Language in the USA is a work of reference, which gives an accessible account of the very considerable research in this area done in the last twenty years or so by linguists, sociologists, educationalists, and anthropologists. There is no comparable published source, and it should prove of great value to all those who are professionally involved in these issues or who wish to take a responsible interest in them.

Preface
The authors
Notes on symbols
Introduction
American English: Introduction
English in our language heritage
American English and other Englishes
Varieties of American English
Creoles of the USA
Language among Black Americans
Languages before English: Introduction
American Indian languages
Native American writing systems
Indian lingua franca
New World Spanish
Languages after English: Introduction
Language variety among
The language of Italian Americans
French and German: a comparative study
The speech and writing of
Slavic languages in the new environment
The Filipinos: a special case
Profile of a state
Language In Use: Introduction
The language of the law
Language and medicine
Ethnic differences in communicative style
Language in education: standardization versus cultural pluralism
Bilingualism and education
Statistics on language use
Language policy: past, present, and future
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521298346
ISBN-10: 0521298342
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: 9th November 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.47  x 3.99
Weight (kg): 0.9