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Dialect in Literature Bibliography

This list was compiled by Susan-marie Harrington of Indiana University-Purdue University from a discussion on ADS-L in the Fall of 1997. This list can also be found at

Barnes, Verle. "Dialect in Southern Fiction" Southern Conference on English in the Two-Year College Newsletter 13.1 (1980): 44-45.

Bennett, J., "George Savary Wasson's Approach to Dialect Writing."American Speech 54 (1979): 90-101.

Berkeley Linguistics Society. "The Sociolinguistics of Minority Dialect in Literary Prose" in Proceedings of the 7th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, Calif., Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Bernstein, Cynthia Goldin, ed. The Text & beyond : essays in literary linguistics. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1994.

Billups, Edgar P. "Some Principles for the representation of Negro Dialect in Fiction". Texas Review 8 (1923): 99-123.

Brown, C.S., A Glossary of Faulkner's South. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976.

Burkett, Eva M. 1978.American English dialects in literature. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.

Butters, Ron. "Dialect at Work: Eudora Welty's Artistic Purposes,"

Cole, Roger. "Literary Representation of Dialect".University of South Florida Language Quarterly 24 (1986): 3-4. 3-8.

Evans, William W. "Literary Dialects". Encyclopaedia of Southern Culture. ed. by William Ferris and Charles Wilson. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

Fenno, Charles R. "Nineteenth-Century Illinois Dialect: Robert Casey".American Speech58 (Fall 83): 244-54.

Fine, Elizabeth C. "In Defense of Literary Dialect: A Response to Dennis R. Preston". Journal of American Folklore 96.381 (1983): 323-330.

Fine, Marlene G. and C. Anderson. "Dialect Features in the Language of Black Characters on American Television Programming". Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Document (1978).

Fishkin, Shelley Fisher. Was Huck Black? : Mark Twain and African-American voice. New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.

Florey, Kenneth. "Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin". ExIplicator 45.1 (Fall 1986): 20-21.

Foster, Charles W., "The Phonology of the Conjure Tales of Charles W.Chesnutt.", Publication of the American Dialect Society 55, April 1971.

Gillespie, Elizabeth. "The Dialect of the Mississippi Negro in Literature". Ph. D. Diss., University of Mississippi, 1939.

Graham Shorrocks has a very useful recent essay on the distinction between "dialect in literature" and "literary dialect" in the memorial volume for Ossi Ihalainen, edited by Matti Rissanen et al. in the Bamberg monograph series on English linguistics.

Horton, Sylvia Wallace.Down Home and Uptown: The representation of Black speech in American fiction. Associated University Presses, 1984.

Ives, S., "The Phonology of the Uncle Remus Stories".Publications of the American Dialect Society 22 (1954): 3-59.

Lencho. Mark W. "Dialect Variation in The Sound and the Fury : A Study of Faulkner's Use of Black English". TheMississippi Quarterly 41 (Summer 1988): 403-19.

Leonard, James S., Thomas A. Tenney, and Thadiou....Satire or evasion? : Black perspectives on Huckleberry Finn. Durham : Duke University Press, 1992.

Levenston, E.A. "Literary Dialect in George V. Higgins' The Judgement of Deke Hunter ".English Studies 62.4 (Aug. 1981): 358-70.

Levy, Andrew. "Dialect and Convention: Harriet A. Jacob's Incidents in the life of a slave girl". Nineteenth Century Literature 45 (Sept. 1990): 206-19.

Macaulay, Ronald K.S. "Coz it izny spelt when they say it", displaying dialect in writing". American Speech 66 (Fall 1991): 280-91.

Mahar, William J. "Black English in Early Blackface Minstrelsy: A new Interpretation of the Sources of minstrel Show Dialect". American Quarterly 37 (Summer 1985): 260-85.

Montgomery, Michael. Annotated Bibliography of Southern American Englishcontains a lengthy chapter of 149 items.

Nettels, Elsa.Language, race, and social class in Howells's America. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1988.

North, Michael.The dialect of modernism : race, language, and twentieth-century literature.New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.

Pederson, Lee "Rewriting Dialect Literature: The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story".Atlanta Historical Journal 30. 3-4 (1986-87): 57-70.

Pederson, Lee. "Language in the Uncle Remus Tales". Modern Philology 82 (Feb. 1985): 292-98.

Pederson, Lee."Mark Twain's Missouri Dialects: Marion County Phonemics." American Speech 42 (1967): 261-78.

Peterson, P.W. "The Misuses and Dangers of Literary Dialect as Linguistic Data". Papers in Linguistics 1974-77: A Collection of M.A. Papers from Students in the Linguistics Department of Northeastern Illinois University. Educational Resources Information Centre Document (1978): 163-760.

Quirk, Randolph. "Charles Dickens, Linguist," in Quirk, Randolph. The linguist and the English language. London: Arnold, 1974.

Riley, James Whitcomb. "Dialect in Literature". Forum 14 (1892): 465-73.

Sabin, Margery.The dialect of the tribe : speech and community in modern fiction. New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.

Schlager, Walter B. "A practical use for literary dialect applied to the works of Flannery O'Connor". Ph. d. diss., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1974.

Sewel, David R. Mark Twain's Languages: Discourse, Dialogue and Linguistic Variety. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.

Sewell, David R. Mark Twain's languages : discourse, dialogue, and linguistic variety. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1987.

Shepherd, Valerie. Language variety and the art of the everyday.London ; New York : Pinter Publishers, 1990.

Shores, David L. and Carole P. Hines,eds. Papers in Language Variation: SAMLA-ADS Collection. Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1977.

Walton, Gerald W. "Some Southern Farm Terms in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses" Publications of the American Dialect Society 47 (April 1967) : 23-29.

Williamson, Juanita V. [and] Virginia M. Burke, eds.A various language; perspectives on American dialects. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.