21.3388, Sum: Resource Search: History of American English

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Subject: 21.3388, Sum: Resource Search: History of American English

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Date: 23-Aug-2010
From: Ashley Williams < amw9z at virginia.edu >
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English

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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:13:34
From: Ashley Williams [amw9z at virginia.edu]
Subject: Resource Search: History of American English

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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 21.3329                                                                                                                                               

Thank you to the following people who responded to my query on 
resources on the history of American English (beyond Bailey & 
Finegan's chapters in Language in the USA & beyond Bill Bryson's 
popular works):
JL Campbell
Kat Dziwirek
Lisa Galvin
Peter Grund
Joachim Grzega
Lauren Hall-Lew
Alice Horning
Stephen Lucek
Wayne O'Neill
Joshua Raclaw
Edgar Schneider

Here is their list of suggestions:

- The Adventure of English (& companion book)
- Do You Speak American? (& companion book)
- American Tongues

- Wolfram & Schilling Estes, American English (esp. chs. 2 & 4)
- Fennell, A History of English: A Sociolinguistic Approach (esp. ch. 7)
- Tottie, An Introduction to American English (for comparisons of 
American English with British English)
- Dicker, Languages in America
- Abley, The Prodigal Tongue (on Englishes in the world)
- Mufwene & Baugh on history of AAVE, Ebonics
- Schneider, Postcolonial English (esp. ch. 6)
- Kovecses, American English: An Introduction
- Svartvik & Leech, English: One Tongue, Many Voices (esp. chs. 5 & 
8, connect American English & British English & trace the history)
- Writings by HL Mencken, William Safire, Geoff Nunberg (esp. Going 

HL Mencken's The American Language, is available online at:

There is also an abridged version of Mencken by Raven I. McDavid.

Thanks again to all who responded. I look forward to tackling this list! 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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