By Walt Wolfram, Natalie Schilling

ISBN-10: 1118390229

ISBN-13: 9781118390221

The re-creation of this vintage textual content chronicles contemporary step forward advancements within the box of yankee English, masking local, ethnic, and gender-based differences.

  • Now observed by way of a significant other site with an in depth array of sound records, videos, and different on-line fabrics to reinforce and illustrate discussions within the text
  • Features fresh chapters that hide the very newest subject matters, reminiscent of degrees of Dialect, local different types of English, Gender and Language version, the applying of Dialect research, and Dialect know-how: Extending program, in addition to new workouts with on-line answers
  • Updated to include dialect samples from a much broader array folks regions
  • Written for college kids taking classes in dialect stories, variationist sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology, and calls for no pre-knowledge of linguistics 
  • Includes a word list and broad appendix of the pronunciation, grammatical, and lexical gains of yankee English dialects

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In 1928 a large‐scale systematic study of dialect geography was undertaken, titled the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada. Along with the historical goals already mentioned, this survey aimed to establish correlations between dialect differences and different social classifications, an incipient stage in the development of a field of study that would blossom fully several decades later. A comprehensive set of Linguistic Atlas surveys for different areas of the United States and Canada was proposed, and the initial survey of New England undertaken.

It is no accident that many of the dialect boundaries of American English still show an east–west fanning pattern, since this was the pattern of westward migration from the earliest points of English‐speaking settlement along the east coast. For example, a major dialect boundary runs across the state of Pennsylvania, separating 30 Why Dialects? the so‐called North from Midland dialect. Traditional vocabulary differences such as the use of pail versus bucket, teeter‐totter versus seesaw, and the pronunciation of crick versus creek for a “small stream of running water” are divided by the line.

18 Dialects, Standards, and Vernaculars In this text, for example, we use the term African American English (AAE) to refer to a variety spoken by and considered to index the ethnic heritage and cultural identity of many people of African descent in the United States. The term actually encompasses a number of sub‐varieties, since there is variation in African American English based on region, social class, and style, among other factors. g. for promoting African American cultural heritage or sociopolitical equality).

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