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Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change Pck Har/CD Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-3110167467
ISBN-10: 3110167468
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"ANAE is very much a standalone piece. [...] But such splendid isolation is the privilege of the giants of a discipline, and giants in the world of scholarship is definitley what the authors of this volume are. This is a landmark study, a unique reference point of dialectological scholarship for decades to come and an inspiration for generations of linguistics."Edgar W. Schneider in: English World-Wide 1/2008 "The ANAE is a massive collection of dialect data and an unprecedented accomplishment in North American English dialectology."Joshua Wilbur in: English Language and Linguistics 1/2007 "ANAE is a landmark study that will shape research trends for years to come."Matthew J. Gordon in: Linguist List 17.2299 Coverage in the press: "Talking the Tawk" The New Yorker"Sound Decision: New Atlas Divides the US by Dialect" The Chicago Tribune and CubaNow.net"Continental Drift" The Pennsylvania Gazette"Is there a Rocky Mountain Accent?" New West"North American Dialects" National Geographic"Mayor's Accent Deserts Boston for New York" New York Times"It's not the Sights, it's the Sounds" New York Times"Mapping North American English" Associated Press

About the Author

William Labov is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Sharon Ash is Associate Director of the Linguistics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Charles Boberg is Assistant Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and Director of the McGill Dialectology and Sociolinguistics Laboratory.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter; Pck Har/CD edition (December 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3110167468
  • ISBN-13: 978-3110167467
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.2 x 16.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,529,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard W. Bailey on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the 1960s, William Labov went to New England to discover what had happened to English there since it had been surveyed in the 1930s. What he found opened his eyes to the speed at which linguistic change takes place, and the trip set him on a course that culminates in this Atlas, a survey of English in cities across the U. S. and Canada.

Beautifully produced in a boxed set (the other "volume" contains a CD-Rom), this is an expensive book but filled with beautiful color maps and displays, also in color, of the shifting vowels of English. The clearly-written narrative explains the mechanisms of sound change in progress and the regions of distinctive varieties.

Everyone interested in the pronunciation of English in America must consult this masterpiece.

Richard W. Bailey

Fred Newton Scott Professor of English

The University of Michigan
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This is fascinating to see the regional dialects mapped for the United States. My husband studied linguistics, so we take an interest still even though he is retired. I've lived in Baltimore, after growing up in the midwest. I was amazed at the differences in speech. Baltimore residents say am-BU-lance, for example. Even after being away from the mid-atlantic for 15 years now, I still recognize a Virginia accent by the way they say "house." It's actually very similar to one area of Canada.
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