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Studies in English Language : English in the Southern United States - Stephen J. Nagle

Studies in English Language

English in the Southern United States

By: Stephen J. Nagle (Editor), Sara L. Sanders (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521172639
Number Of Pages: 260

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The English of the southern United States is possibly the most studied of any regional variety of any language because of its rich internal diversity, its distinctiveness among regional varieties in the United States, its significance as a marker of regional identity, and the general folkloric appeal of southern culture. However, most, if not all, books about Southern American English have been directed almost exclusively toward scholars already working in the field. This 2003 volume, written by a team of experts, many of them internationally known, provides a broad overview of the foundations of and research on language variation in the southern United States designed to invite inquiry and inquirers. It explores historical and cultural elements, iconic contemporary features, and changes in progress. Central themes, issues and topics of scholarly investigation and debate figure prominently throughout the volume. The extensive bibliography will facilitate continued research.

Review of the hardback: 'Central themes, issues and topics of scholarly investigation and debate figure prominently throughout the volume. The extensive bibliography will facilitate continued research ...'. Folia Linguistica
Review of the hardback: '... success on the part of the editors in compiling this volume is the discussion of many of the major issues in the field, from phonological, grammatical, and lexical variation to African American English to work on isolated linguistic communities. One of the greatest strengths of this book is the way that many of the chapters are organized around a set of data that exemplifies a major theme or debate in the current literature.' Cynthia G. Clopper , American Speech
Review of the hardback: 'Nagle and Sanders have done a masterful job of creating a concise and coherent whole from a series of articles ... Not only are the articles consistently accessible, but they are carefully sequenced so that what emerges is both a broader and more detailed picture of the structures and contexts of southern dialects and their evolution.' Jo Tyler, Mary Washington College
"The book is highly recommended." GEOLINGUISTICS Vol. 30, Leonard R. N. Ashley

Introduction
The origins of southern American English
Shakespeare in the coves and hollows? Toward a history of southern English
Eight grammatical features of southern US speech present in early modern London prison narratives
The shared ancestry of African-American and American white southern Englishes: some speculations dictated by history
The complex grammatical history of African-American and white vernaculars in the South
Grammatical features of southern speech: yall, might could, and fixin to Cynthia Bernstein
Sounding southern: a look at the phonology of English in the South
Vowel shifting in the southern states
Enclave dialect communities in the South
Urbanization and the evolution of southern American English
The Englishes of southern
Features and uses of southern style
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ISBN: 9780521172639
ISBN-10: 0521172632
Series: Studies in English Language
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 16th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41