Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 14:53:00 EST


Subject: Re: books by Chambers and by Chaika

For my 300 level (undergrad) 600 level (grad) Language and Society,

I used Wardaugh as the required text, Chaika (3rd edition) as the


I find that while I like the text of Chaika, I'm not wild about the

organization of the material, and where some things turn up. On the

other hand (not exactly other hand, but), the Wardaugh presentation

seems to assume previous knowledge.

I'm still working with "all" of them, I usu have Romaine and Holmes

and Wardaugh and Chaika out on the table most of the time. And I'm

supplementing like crazy.

The St. Martin's Press people were here the other day to see "what we

wanted". I showed the Dialects and American English and asked if they

could put this back in print. (Does it work like that?)