Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 09:12:36 -0700
From: Peter Richardson prichard[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU
To Bill Spruiell, Ditra Henry, Bethany Dumas, and a few others who
responded to my "plea for advice" last April 17th: Thanks very much for
your help. I was asking for suggestions for texts to use in a freshman
composition course called "Language Matters," one that obviously is to
deal with linguistic topics, but offer a good solid dose of writing
For this round, I've decided to use Bill Bryson's lively _Made in America_
and to supplement it with a packet of duplicated materials ranging from
Kurath's Word Geography to the Encycl. of Southern Culture. Add "American
Tongues" and snippets from the tripartite Human Language Series videos,
and I think we'll be all set for an interesting term. I should add that I
have gleaned some excellent ideas from _Language Variation in North
American English_ by A. Wayne Glowka and Donald M. Lance (NY: MLA, 1993).
It's a crackerjack piece of work, ideal for this project. So a tip of the
hat goes to all who contributed to that volume as well.