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American English: Dialects and Variation, 2nd Edition (Language in Society, Vol. 25) Paperback – September 2, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1405112666 ISBN-10: 1405112662 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing; 2 edition (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405112662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405112666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book has become a staple in the study and instruction of American English… The second edition provides the same balance of detail, clarity, breadth and sophistication offered by the first edition, but with an improved organization and up-to-date information. It is clear that the authors took seriously the task of revising and updating this new edition so that its users could enjoy the maximum benefits of its structure and contents. They will be pleased to know that their efforts were not in vain. The book will undoubtedly continue to be used as one of the key texts in the instruction of American dialects for many years to come.” Journal of Sociolinguistics

"This is an indispensable book, not just for students but for anyone who wants to know how the English language varies in the United States and how this variation has been studied… It is comprehensive, comprehensible and dense with detail." Language in Society (of the previous edition)

"The strengths of the book include its style and the authors’ consideration of how the book might actually be used as a text… the chapters are divided into subsections with helpful headings; exercises calling for creative responses by students are scattered throughout… each chapter ends with a short annotated bibliography for further readings." Language (of the previous edition)

Book Description

This up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covers regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences. The second edition includes new chapters on social and ethnic dialects. Updates to existing chapters and exercises as well as new features such as a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community, combine to make the new edition a valuable resource for students and specialists alike.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joachim GRZEGA on March 29, 2000
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The book offers much more than the title suggests. It is not only an up-to-date presentation of American English and its varieties ("white varieties," African American Vernacular English, Native American Vernacular English, and even Creole varieties). These varieties rather serve as sources of examples for a volume that covers virtually every branch of sociolinguistics, including even political issues and suggestions for dialect teaching and language reforms. The titles of the chapters are: "The Reality of Dialects," "Why Do Languages Have Dialects," "Levels of Dialect," "Dialects in the United States: Past, Present, and Future," "Regional Dialects," "Social and Ethnic Dialects," "Gender and Language Variation," "Dialects and Style," "The Patterning of Dialect," "On the Application of Dialect Studies," "Dialect Awareness in the School and Community"). The authors juxtapose a series of definitions, theories, and other issues in a fresh and sometimes untraditional manner, never forgetting to take the historical perspective into account. They are conscious of the problems inherent in generalizations and have managed to find the right middle course between a too simplistic and a too complicating presentation. At the end of each section the reader will find suggestions for further research and activities as well as further reading recommendations (including addresses of Internet sites, too). Another plus of the book is that the reading recommendations are accompanied by critical annotations.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Bowie on November 21, 2001
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A good, solid semi-introductory work on American Englishes. Not really intended for someone with absolutely no background in Linguistics, but a minimal introduction to the field should be enough. Its only real flaws are that there's a danger someone could take it to be exhaustive (I've even seen linguists who seem to believe this), and it's not quite as lively as Mencken's _The_American_language_, which may be dated but is still the best introduction to American Englishes that a non-linguist could read. (I should say, though, Wolfram and Schilling-Estes do a *much* better job than Mencken when dealing with socially marginalized varieties.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FicktionPhotography on October 28, 2009
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It is an extremely interesting book that is completely informative about the history of the English language and how it not only came to be what it is today but predictions about what it will become in the future. The prose is very easy to read and you find yourself pronouncing dialects out loud to just get a good idea of what it would sound like if you were from that part of the world. This was a recommended book by my professor and I was not going to purchase it but I'm glad I did considering the other two required texts are not as interesting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jennshops on January 29, 2012
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This book is great for the beginning language policy students. There is more information than you probably want about regional and cultural dialects. It is probably too basic for intermediate to advanced linguistic students, but for those who are curious about how language varies from person to person in different situations, I highly recommend it.
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Book was somewhat helpful to class material, and was a decent price for a rental but it was so marked up with pencil and highlighter marks it was a headache to even read. Would have preferred a cleaner book with easier access to the information without having to navigate through previous owners "chicken scratch". Tried erasing as I read but spent more time doing that than actually reading, that I ended giving up.
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By Taylor on December 21, 2013
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needed this book for class, was the right edition and everything, although some pages were missing. mostly the table of contents so it did not cause any problems for my studies, just would have been nice to know beforehand.
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