History of American English text books

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 5 16:13:59 UTC 2008


Wolfram and Schilling-Estes have a book, now in second edition
(Wiley-Blackwell 2005), American English:  Dialects and Variation,
chapter four of which provides an excellent review of the development
of American dialects.  They touch on other historical issues in other
chapters as well.


On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 8:58 AM, Patti Kurtz <tb5fab at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hi everyone.  This spring I'll be teaching a history of the English
> language course for the first time.  I've chosen a text based on many of
> the comments here to an earlier post asking about such books-- thanks
> for those ideas even though I wasn't the one asking.
> But I've noticed most texts focus mainly on British English.  I wanted
> to include some history of American English (not a lot, but some).  The
> only book I've noticed with that focus is by Bill Bryson (Made in
> America) and it seems rather like a folk etymology, at least to me.
> Does anyone know of any books or even chapters in books or articles that
> trace the historical development of American English that would be
> sophomores and juniors in college?
> Thanks.
> Patti Kurtz
> Minot State University
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