American English

Dialects and Variation

Author: Walt Wolfram,Natalie Schilling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118390229

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 440

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Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US

An Introduction

Author: Susan Tamasi,Lamont Antieau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136579052

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 380

View: 9054

This highly engaging textbook presents a linguistic view of the history, society, and culture of the United States. It discusses the many languages and forms of language that have been used in the US – including standard and nonstandard forms of English, creoles, Native American languages, and immigrant languages from across the globe – and shows how this distribution and diversity of languages has helped shape and define America as well as an American identity. The volume introduces the basic concepts of sociolinguistics and the politics of language through cohesive, up-to-date and accessible coverage of such key topics as dialectal development and the role of English as the majority language, controversies concerning language use in society, languages other than English used in the US, and the policies that have directly or indirectly influenced language use. These topics are presented in such a way that students can examine the inherent diversity of the communicative systems used in the United States as both a form of cultural enrichment and as the basis for socio-political conflict. The author team outlines the different viewpoints on contemporary issues surrounding language in the US and contextualizes these issues within linguistic facts, to help students think critically and formulate logical discussions. To provide opportunities for further examination and debate, chapters are organized around key misconceptions or questions ("I don't have an accent" or "Immigrants don't want to learn English"), bringing them to the forefront for readers to address directly. Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US is a fresh and unique take on a widely taught topic. It is ideal for students from a variety of disciplines or with no prior knowledge of the field, and a useful text for introductory courses on language in the US, American English, language variation, language ideology, and sociolinguistics.

Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in Secondary English Classrooms

Power, Prestige, and Prejudice

Author: Michelle D. Devereaux

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136675124

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Standardized tests demand Standard English, but secondary students (grades 6-12) come to school speaking a variety of dialects and languages, thus creating a conflict between students’ language of nurture and the expectations of school. The purpose of this text is twofold: to explain and illustrate how language varieties function in the classroom and in students’ lives and to detail linguistically informed instructional strategies. Through anecdotes from the classroom, lesson plans, and accessible narrative, it introduces theory and clearly builds the bridge to daily classroom practices that respect students’ language varieties and use those varieties as strengths upon which secondary English teachers can build. The book explains how to teach about language variations and ideologies in the classroom; uses typically taught texts as models for exploring how power, society, and identity interact with language, literature, and students’ lives; connects the Common Core State Standards to the concepts presented; and offers strategies to teach the sense and structure of Standard English and other language variations, so that all students may add Standard English to their linguistic toolboxes.

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

Author: J. K. Chambers,Natalie Schilling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118335511

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 616

View: 8833

Reflecting a multitude of developments in the study of language change and variation over the last ten years, this extensively updated second edition features a number of new chapters and remains the authoritative reference volume on a core research area in linguistics. A fully revised and expanded edition of this acclaimed reference work, which has established its reputation based on its unrivalled scope and depth of analysis in this interdisciplinary field Includes seven new chapters, while the remainder have undergone thorough revision and updating to incorporate the latest research and reflect numerous developments in the field Accessibly structured by theme, covering topics including data collection and evaluation, linguistic structure, language and time, language contact, language domains, and social differentiation Brings together an experienced, international editorial and contributor team to provides an unrivalled learning, teaching and reference tool for researchers and students in sociolinguistics

Dialect and Language Variation

Author: N.A

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483294765

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 616

View: 5136

This anthology emphasizes dialects of American English and language variation in America. The editors present original essays by today's leading investigators, including articles by some of Europe's best dialectologists, obtained expressly for this work. Important topics featured in Dialect and Language Variation include:**Dialect theories: linguistic geography, structural and generative dialectology, and language variation.**The nature of social dialects and language variation, with attention to women's speech.**Overview of regional dialects and area studies.**The nature and study of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects, including Black, Italian, Irish, Chicano, and Jewish ethnic groups.**The application of dialect studies to education.**Of special interest to dialectologists, sociolinguists, and English language educators and specialists, this work provides original insight into**a general background and history of dialect theory**an overview of regional geography and area studies**the principles of social dialects and language variation from several perspectives**an exploration of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects o explanations of the relationship between historical and language change**a section on how dialects and language variation can contribute to effective language instruction.

African American English in the Diaspora

Author: Shana Poplack,Sali A. Tagliamonte

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631212669

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 4088

This provocative volume investigates the origins of contemporary African American Vernacular English (AAVE), one of the oldest, yet unsolved, questions in sociolinguistics.

The Development of African American English

Author: Walt Wolfram,Erik Thomas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047077990X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 1133

This book focuses on one of the most persistent and controversial questions in modern sociolinguistics: the past and present development of African American Vernacular English (AAVE).

Methods in Dialectology

Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference Held at the University College of North Wales, 3rd-7th August 1987

Author: Alan R. Thomas

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781853590221

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 701

View: 7795

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Ronald Wardhaugh,Janet M. Fuller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118732405

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 8455

Thoroughly updated and revised, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition presents a comprehensive and fully updated introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society. Building on Ronald Wardhaugh's classic text, co-author Janet Fuller has updated this seventh edition throughout with new discussions exploring language and communities, language and interaction, and sociolinguistic variation, as well as incorporating numerous new exercises and research ideas for today's students. Taking account of new research from the field, the book explores exciting new perspectives drawn from linguistic anthropology, and includes new chapters on pragmatics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics and education. With an emphasis on using examples from languages and cultures around the world, chapters address topics including social and regional dialects, multilingualism, discourse and pragmatics, variation, language in education, and language policy and planning. A new companion website including a wealth of additional online material, as well as a glossary and a variety of new exercises and examples, helps further illuminate the ideas presented in the text. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition continues to be the most indispensable and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics for students in applied and theoretical linguistics, education, and anthropology.

Language in the USA

Themes for the Twenty-first Century

Author: Edward Finegan,John R. Rickford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521777476

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 502

View: 5585

This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in the USA, exploring the nature of language variation in the United States and its social, historical and political significance. The book is divided into three sections: Part I, American English; Part II, Other Language Varieties; and Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA. Clear, accessible and broad in its coverage, it will be welcomed by students across the disciplines of English, Linguistics, Communication, American Studies and Popular Culture, as well as anyone interested more generally in language-related issues.

Papers in language variation

SAMLA-ADS collection

Author: David L. Shores,Carole P. Hines,South Atlantic Modern Language Association,American Dialect Society. South Atlantic Section

Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 321

View: 4979

Sociolinguistic Perspectives

Papers on Language in Society, 1959-1994

Author: Charles A. Ferguson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195357707

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

View: 2169

The work of the linguist Charles A. Ferguson spans more than three decades, and is remarkable for having been consistently at the forefront of scholarship on the relationship between language and society. This volume collects his most influential and seminal papers, each having expanded the parameters of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. Taken together, they cover a wide range of topics and issues, and, more importantly, reflect the intellectual progress of a founder of the sociolinguistic field. The volume is divided thematically into four sections, and an introduction by Thom Huebner outlines the evolution of Ferguson's ideas and the impact they have had on other scholars. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the field of sociolinguistics.

Standard American English: Socially Distinguishing?

Author: Daniela Daus

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 363848808X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 13

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Intermediate Examination Paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Linguistics, grade: 2.5, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, course: PS Regional and Social Varieties of American English, 6 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Language variation could also be called „. . .the most basic and fundamental of human socialisation tools.” You need language to express yourself, to learn things, to communicate and to get educated. Without language, an independent life is hardly to live. As long as people speak, there always have been dialects and individual ways of speaking in one language. British English for example, during the twelveth and thirteenth century, was spoken in four varieties, besides French and Latin. Throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth century, the more unified Great Britain needed some kind of “Standard”, to cope with official tasks and affairs. So, at some point, it seems necessary to compromise on one way of speaking for official matters. This paper will focus on “Standard American English” as a sociolinguistic tool: A brief history of American English will be given and definitions of “Standard American English” will be discussed. The central question of this paper will be: Why there is a need for the so-called “Standard”? Whom does it serve? Is it an “ideology” of the upper classes to distinguish them also linguistically from the lower classes? Or is the function of “Standard American English” solely to enable the American people to communicate on an even level, despite the various dialects? Further, the example of New York City speech will be given, to show that “Standard” seems to be necessary for “upward mobility”.

The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics

Author: Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy,Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111825726X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 704

View: 7879

Written by an international team of leading scholars, this groundbreaking reference work explores the nature of language change and diffusion, and paves the way for future research in this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field. Features 35 newly-written essays from internationally acclaimed experts that reflect the growth and vitality of the burgeoning area of historical sociolinguistics Examines how sociolinguistic theoretical models, methods, findings, and expertise can be used to reconstruct a language's past in order to explain linguistic changes and developments Bridges the gap between the past and the present in linguistic studies Structured thematically into sections exploring: origins and theoretical assumptions; methods for the sociolinguistic study of the history of languages; linguistic and extra-linguistic variables; historical dialectology, language contact and diffusion; and attitudes to language

The German Language in a Changing Europe

Author: Michael G. Clyne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521499705

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 269

View: 5476

This revised and expanded analysis of the German language takes account of recent sociopolitical changes.

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

Author: John Kenneth Chambers,J. K. Chambers,Peter Trudgill,Natalie Schilling-Estes,Professor of Sociolinguistics Peter Trudgill,Schilling-Estes Natalie,Natalie Schilling

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 9780631218036

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 807

View: 709

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change, written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline in its multifaceted pursuits. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change. The book begins with an examination of the methodologies employed by linguists working in linguistic variation and change, and then addresses the levels of linguistic structure that have been the main foci of work in the field. The volume presents views of linguistic variation in the diverse contexts that give it meaning and significance, across generations, social strata, and domains of interaction. It further covers variation through geographical space, and language and dialect contact from a variationist perspective, while also considering the implications that research in different types of societies may have for work in the field. Each section begins with an introduction by the editors which sets out the boundaries of the field and places each of the chapters in perspective. This Handbook allows the next generation of academics to perpetuate all of these fields of study and explore them with the kind of depth unimaginable to their predecessors.

Clinical Sociolinguistics

Author: Martin J. Ball

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405112492

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 335

View: 2117

Sociolinguistics, the study of the interaction of language and society, has had a major impact on linguistics for the last half-century. However, this prominent branch of the language sciences has had little contact with the field of communication disorders. "Clinical Sociolinguistics," a collection of newly commissioned articles written by top scholars, is a major advance in bringing the two fields together. Part I includes chapters that outline findings from sociolinguistic research and point to the relevance of such findings for practicing speech-language pathologists. Topics discussed include bilingualism, code-switching, language planning, and a detailed look at African American English. Part II contains chapters that specifically demonstrate how these research paradigms can be applied to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the clinical situation.

A History of American English

Author: J. L. Dillard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317899598

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 8615

This impressive volume provides a chronological, narrative account of the development of American English from its earliest origins to the present day.