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Date: 25 Apr 1994 11:30:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: Becky Howard BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU
Subject: Re: Articles, Papers or Chapters on American English
Bill Kretzschmar, your suggestions for an American English syllabus are very
helpful; I, too, have been struggling with the paucity of sources for a topic
on which I teach a course. I'm not familiar with the Eckert anthology; can
you give me more information? And of course I'm looking forward to using the
new Glowka and Lance volume when next I teach the course.
Department of Interdisciplinary Writing
BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU
Subj: RE: Articles, Papers or Chapters on American English
I sympathise with John Kirk's request for neat information on American
For my course called "American English" this quarter, I despaired of
finding any single text that I thought would do the trick. What is still
the best single little book on the subject is the rev. ed. of Carroll
Reed's *Dialects of American English* (UMass Press, 1977). This book of
course has many holes and substantially misses the development of Labovian
sociolinguistics. Roger Shuy's *Discovering American Dialects* (NCTE, c.
1967) appears still to be in print but has the same problem only
worse---Shuy's major work in sociolinguistics came after it. A somewhat
larger book is Wolfram's *Dialects and American English* (Prentice Hall,
1992), which is excellent on just those subjects that Reed and Shuy are
too early for, but misses all the historical coverage and doesn't offer
lists of features that are associated with different locales. McDavid's
edition of Mencken's *The American Language* also still has great
merits. Marckwardt's *American English* (1st ed., Oxford, 1958) and
Mathews' *The Beginnings of American English* (Chicago, 1931, repr.
1973), both important sources for me, are out of print.
What I finally did was to make a "professor publisher packet" at the local
copy shop, in which the centerpieces were McDavid's chapter in Nelson
Francis's *Structure of American English* (Ronald, 1958) and Sumner Ives's
"A Theory of Literary Dialect" (from Williamson and Burke, *A Various
Language* (c. 1967), which is a revision of the *Tulane Studies in
English* article). I supplemented these with Crevecouer's *Letters from
an American Farmer*, and with several short pieces including Hartman's
"Pronunciation Guide" from DARE vol. 1, Labov's "Three Dialects of
English" (from the Eckert anthology), several articles on Black (and White
Southern) English by the likes of Feagin, Fasold, and Bailey and Maynor.
I also blushed and put in a couple of my own essays to update what McDavid
wrote about dialects. The whole thing ended up costing the students
about $20, which included $6 in royalties (as the copy shop reported).
In short, there is a great need now for just the sort of work outlined by
Kirk. I hope somebody writes one.
Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246
Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181
University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hyde.park.uga.edu
Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga