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

Language in the USA

Themes for the Twenty-first Century

By: Edward Finegan (Editor), John R. Rickford (Editor)

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Published: 24th June 2004
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This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in the USA. Through a series of specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars, it explores 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, explores the history and distinctiveness of American English, and regional and social varieties. Part II, Other Language Varieties, looks at multilingualism and linguistic diversity. Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA includes chapters on attitudes to language, language and education, Rap and Hip Hop, and adolescent language. It also explores issues such as the Ebonics controversy and the English Only movement. Clear, accessible and broad in its coverage, this book 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.

'the publishers have rightly decided that a completely new book is in order to illustrate recent findings and new foci of the "21st century". ... Finegan provides a useful survey, ... and recent atlases, which includes an intelligent use of maps. The chapter interestingly shows that very different methods of data collection and analysis over the years have generally confirmed the findings of the earlier studies.' Anglia

American English
American English: its origins and history
The distinctiveness of American English
Regional American dialects
Social varieties of American English
African-American vernacular English
The dictionary of American regional English
Other Language Varieties in the USA
Multilingualism and non-English mother tongues
Creole languages in the United States; forging new identities
Native American languages
Spanish in the northeast
Spanish in the southwest
American sign language
Asian American voices
Linguistic diversity and English language acquisition
The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA
Language ideology and language prejudice
Ebonics and its controversy
Language policy and English-only
Language and Education
Adolescent language
Slang
Rap and hip hop
Language, gender and sexuality
Language and identity in American literature
The language of doctors and patients
The language of cyberspace
Language attitudes to US speech
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ISBN: 9780521777476
ISBN-10: 052177747X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 519
Published: 24th June 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.5  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.0