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Speaking American : a history of English in the United States

Author: Richard W Bailey
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When did English become American? What distinctive qualities made it American? What role have America's democratizing impulses, and its vibrantly heterogeneous speakers, played in shaping our language and separating it from the mother tongue? Richard Bailey's Speaking American investigates the history and continuing evolution of our language from the sixteenth century to the present. --from publisher description
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard W Bailey
ISBN: 9780195179347 019517934X
OCLC Number: 708648488
Description: xvi, 207 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Chesapeake Bay, before 1650 --
Boston, 1650-1700 --
Charleston, 1700-1750 --
Philadelphia, 1750-1800 --
New Orleans, 1800-1850 --
New York, 1850-1900 --
Chicago, 1900-1950 --
Los Angeles, 1950-2000.
Responsibility: Richard W. Bailey.
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Speaking American shows what the English language looked like from various points on the American continent at crucial points in its linguistic history.  Read more...

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Speaking American manages a difficult feat: presenting original research while remaining accessible to non-specialists. The broad outlines of the story are familiar, but the examples are fresh ... Read more...

 
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