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American English - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631197928

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Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2002
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American English - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631197928

Gunnel Tottie

ISBN13: 978-0631197928
ISBN10: 0631197923
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

An Introduction to American English explains American English in the context of American life, history, and institutions, while also making comparisons with British English.

This book includes chapters on spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary which discuss how the language reflects American lifestyles and how new words are created. Coverage also includes language use and politeness; regional, social, and ethnic dialects, such as African-American English; and language politics. Much of the material presented is viewed within the framework of American history, government and education. Every chapter is followed by a set of recommended readings and references, some of which include Internet resources.

An Introduction to American English is the ideal resource for non-native speakers and undergraduates studying of American English, as well as teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

Author Bio

Tottie, Gunnel : University of Zurich

Gunnel Tottie is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is author of Negation in English Speech and Writing (1991) and editor of Creating and Using English Language Corpora (with Udo Fries and Peter Schneider, 1994), and Negation in the History of English (with Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Wim van der Wurff, 1999).

Table of Contents

Word Index.
List of Tables.
List of Figures.
Preface.
Introduction.
1. Writing it and Saying it.
2. American History for Language Students.
3. Running America: Government and Education.
4. Life and Language in the United States.
5. American English Vocabulary: A Systematic View.
6. Caught Out or Caught Off Base? Metaphors in American English.
7. The Grammar of American English.
8. Using English in the United States.
9. Varieties of American English.
10. Language Politics in the U.S.A.: English and Other Languages.
Linguistic Glossary.
Bibliography
Index of Abbreviations and Acronyms.
Index of Zip Codes for States.
Subject Index.
Word Index.

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