American English: Dialects and Variation (Language in Society)

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9781405112659: American English: Dialects and Variation (Language in Society)

This book provides a very readable, up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covering regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences.


  • contains new chapters on social and ethnic dialects, including a separate chapter on African American English and more comprehensive discussions of Latino, Native American, Cajun English, and other varieties,

  • includes samples from a wider array of US regions

  • features updated chapters as well as pedagogy such as new exercises, a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community

  • accessibly written for the wide variety of students that enrol in a course on dialects, ranging from students with no background in linguistics to those who may wish to specialize in sociolinguistics

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This up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covers regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences. The second edition includes new chapters on social and ethnic dialects. Updates to existing chapters and exercises as well as new features such as a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community, combine to make the new edition a valuable resource for students and specialists alike.

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This book provides a very readable and up-to-date description of language variation in American English, covering regional, ethnic, and gender-based differences. The authors include situations ranging from historically isolated, rural dialects to developing, urban ethnic varieties as they consider the descriptive, theoretical, and applied ramifications of dialects in American society.


The second edition of American English includes new chapters on social and ethnic dialects, including more comprehensive discussions of Latino, Native American, Cajun English, and other varieties, samples from a wider array of US regions, and a separate chapter on African American English. Updated chapters and exercises as well as features such as a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community, combine to make the new edition a valuable resource for students and specialists alike.

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