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Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:06:26
From: Helena Palmer [helena.palmer at oup.com]
Subject: Speaking American: Bailey

 


Title: Speaking American 
Subtitle: A History of English in the United States 
Publication Year: 2015 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780190232603.do 


Author: Richard W. Bailey

Paperback: ISBN:  9780190232603 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 12.99


Abstract:

A wide-ranging account of American English, Richard Bailey's Speaking American
investigates the history and continuing evolution of our language from the
sixteenth century to the present. The book is organized in half-century
segments around influential centers: Chesapeake Bay (1600-1650), Boston
(1650-1700), Charleston (1700-1750), Philadelphia (1750-1800), New Orleans
(1800-1850), New York (1850-1900), Chicago (1900-1950), Los Angeles
(1950-2000), and Cyberspace (2000-present). Each of these places has added new
words, new inflections, new ways of speaking to the elusive, boisterous,
ever-changing linguistic experiment that is American English. Throughout,
Bailey focuses on how people speak and how speakers change the language. The
book is filled with transcripts of arresting voices, precisely situated in
time and space: two justices of the peace sitting in a pumpkin patch trying an
Indian for theft; a crowd of Africans lounging on the waterfront in
Philadelphia discussing the newly independent nation in their home languages;
a Chicago gangster complaining that his pocket had been picked; Valley Girls
chattering; Crips and Bloods negotiating their gang identities in LA; and
more.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)

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