Date: Thu, 29 Sep 1994 11:04:56 -0400 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: Textbooks for Sociolinguistics I have used Wolfram's *Dialects and American English*, and it has worked well. There are a few places in it that I heavily supplement or orient in class somewhat differently from the way that Walt writes (as one might expect), but in general it works well. I taught both volumes of Fasold one quarter, but the students were about ready to murder me at the end. There is just too much there. I learned alot---and that was really my purpose, because I would not have read the books as closely as I did unless I taught them. The new Romaine introduction to the field (Oxford, 1994) was disappointing to me for its coverage of historical stuff and American English, but it was good at the things that Wolfram doesn't cover (language planning, pidgins/creoles). For graduate students I teach mostly from articles (often recent ones from *Language Variation and Change*). Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga