Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 09:12:36 -0700 From: Peter Richardson Subject: thanks 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 pedagogy. 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. Peter Richardson