21.3329, Qs: Resource Search: History of American English

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Subject: 21.3329, Qs: Resource Search: History of American English

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Date: 17-Aug-2010
From: Ashley Williams < amw9z at virginia.edu >
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English

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Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:36:08
From: Ashley Williams [amw9z at virginia.edu]
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English

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I'm looking for brief readings (article/chapter length) on the history of 
American English for my undergrads in my American Studies course, 
Language in the US. When we've covered this before, we typically read 
the two chapters from Finegan & Rickford's edited volume, "Language 
in the USA" (one by Richard Bailey, "American English: Its origins & 
history", the other by Edward Finegan, "American English & its 
distinctiveness"), which work well as introductory material. Sometimes 
I've supplemented this with excerpts from Bill Bryson's book "Made in 
America", but this doesn't exactly inspire discussion. I've had luck with 
Finegan's mention of the controversy surrounding the "translations" of 
Harry Potter into American English - is there anything else out there 
that also covers this? 

I guess I'm looking for further supplementary material that isn't too 
lengthy and that undergrads might find interesting. Perhaps journal 
articles or book chapters on some particularly American usage 
(historical or otherwise)? Something comparing an aspect of American 
usage vs. British or other usage? An interesting, discussion-worthy 
diatribe against American English? Anything else useful?

Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your help. 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Ling & Literature

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