Change in Current American English

Richard W. Bailey rwbailey at UMICH.EDU
Tue Jun 19 19:42:40 UTC 2001

For the ADS-sponsored session at the MLA, I have agreed to give a paper on
change-in-progress in American English.

I have in mind a list of features that teachers might like to offer as
inquiry topics for students, particularly innovations in pronunciation or
syntax.  Types of lexical change are also welcome--e. g., the internal
capital in "FedEx" for instance.  I leave new words to the New Words

If you would send no more than three suggested features, I could then list
them in order of salience.

I will make the list available to others when I have compiled it.

Thanks for your help.

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