Dialects and Language Variation

Dialects and Language Variation

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This Second Edition provides a comprehensive set of readings for both the beginning and advanced student of dialects, language variation, and sociolinguistics. With more than 80 percent new material, Handbook of Dialects and Language Variation, Second Edition takes into account recent work in theoretical linguistics and concerns with social uses. Despite these innovations, this book continues the First Edition's balance among regional and social dialects, language variation, and social change. Its contributors prove that the correlations of overt language manifestations with place and social class are both significant and revealing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 697 pages
  • 158.2 x 236.7 x 37.8mm | 1,249.09g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0124510701
  • 9780124510708

Table of contents

Dialect Theory: C.M. Carver, English Dialectology and the Linguistic Atlas. J.K. Chambers, The Domain of Sociolinguistics. W. Labov, The Three Dialects of English. Regional Dialects: R.I. McDavid, Jr., V.G. McDavid, W.A. Kretzschmar, Jr., T.K. Lerud, and M. Ratliff, Inside a Linguistic Atlas. H. Kurath, The Sociocultural Background of Dialect Areas in American English. H.B. Allen, The Primary Dialect Areas of the Upper Midwest. L.M. Davis and C.L. Houck, What Determines a Dialect Area? W.A. Kretzschmar, Jr., Isoglosses and Predictive Modeling. T.S. Donahue, On Inland Northern and the Factors for Dialect Spread and Shift. R.R. Butters, Unstressed Vowels in Appalachian English. P.C. Nichols, Creoles of the USA. Social and Gender Dialects: W. Labov, The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores. A.S. Kroch, Toward a Theory of Social Dialect Variation. J.K. Chambers, The Variable as a Structural Unit. W. Wolfram, Identifying and Interpreting Variables. P. Trudgill, Accommodation between Dialects. D.R. Preston, Two Heartland Perceptions of Language Variety. R.P. Gaudio, Sounding Gay: Pitch Properties in the Speech of Gay and Straight Men. J. Cheshire, The Relationship between Language and Sex in English. D. Tannen, The Relativity of Linguistic Strategies: Rethinking Power and Solidarity in Gender and Dominance. Ethnic Dialects, Education, and Social Issues: J. Rodby, A Polyphony of Voices: The Dialectics of Linguistic Diversity and Unity in the Twentieth-Century United States. R.W. Fasold, The Relation between Black and White Speech in the South. J. Baugh, Hypocorrection: Mistakes in Production of Vernacular African American English as a Second Dialect. M.D. Linn, Stylistic Variation in Vernacular Black English and the Teaching of College Composition. J. Penfield and J.L. Ornstein-Galicia, Speech Aspects of Chicano English. M. Hidalgo, On the Question of 'Standard' versus 'Dialect'. B. Craig, American Indian English. Historical Development and Language Change: W. Labov, Regular Sound Change in English Dialect Geography. J. Milroy, Social and Historical Linguistics. J.R. Rickford, Contemporary Source Comparison as a Critical Window on the Afro-American Linguistic Past. Index.
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About Harold B. Allen

Michael Linn is a professor in the Department of Composition at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He co-edited the First Edition of (1986) with Harold B. Allen.
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