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Michael Adams. Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon. Oxford U. Press, May 2003. 320 pages. Hardcover $19.95. ISBN 0195160339. (Already out of stock, but more copies will be printed soon.) The book begins with a synopsis of the program's history and a defense of ephemeral language. A detailed glossary of slayer slang follows, annotated with actual dialogue. The book concludes with a bibliography and a lengthy index, a guide to sources (novels based on the show, magazine articles about the show, and language culled from the official posting board) and an appendix of slang-making suffixes. Introduced by Jane Espenson, one of the show's writers and herself a linguist.
John Algeo, editor. The Cambridge History of the English Language, Volume VI: English in North America. Cambridge University Press, December 2001. Hardback $120. ISBN 0521264790. This volume traces developments in orthography and punctuation, phonology and morphology, syntax, lexis and semantics, regional and social variation, and the literary language. Includes essays by Michael Montgomery on British and Irish Antecedents; Fred Cassidy and Joan Hall on Americanisms; Jonathan Lighter on Slang; Lee Pederson on Dialects; Sali Mufwene on African-American English; Ron Butters on Grammatical Structure; Ed Finegan on Usage, and Richard Bailey on American English Abroad.
Christine Ammer. The New A To Z Of Women's Health: A Concise Encyclopedia, 4th edition. New York: Facts on File (hardcover) $50; Checkmark Books (paperback) $20. More than 1,000 authoritative entries addressing the full range of women's health issues, including puberty, childbearing, infertility, autoimmune disorders, cancer, diet, exercise, menopause, and treatments.
Christine Ammer. The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin, October 1997. 729 pages. Hardcover $30. ISBN 0-395-72774-X. The most comprehensive collection of idiomatic expressions, some 10,000 verbal phrases (act up, get down), figures of speech (dark horse, blind as a bat), interjections and formulas (says who, take care) and slang (buy the farm, push the envelope). Each is defined, illustrated in usage, and dated, with many including additional history. Valuable for learning or teaching English as a second language.
Christine Ammer. Cool Cats, Top Dogs, and Other Beastly Expressions. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 272 pages. ISBN 0- 395-95730-3. A thousand animal words and phrases and their sources.
Christine Ammer. Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés. Facts on File/Checkmark Books, October 2001. 488 pages. Hardcover $45, ISBN 0-8160- 4356-6; paperback $17.95, ISBN 0-8160-4357-4. A compendium of more than 3,500 cliches, giving their meaning, origin, and early and present-day usage.
Christine Ammer. Fighting Words from War, Rebellion, and Other Combative Capers. Chicago: NTC/Contemporary Books, 1999. 284 pages. ISBN 0-8442-0285-1. $15.95. Second edition of 1,000 terms from military history.
Christine Ammer. Unsung: A History of Women in American Music. New Century Edition. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. Hardcover $34.95 (1- 57467-058-1), paperback $19.95 (1-57467-061-1). Biographical sketches of hundreds of musicians.
Leonard R.N. Ashley. The Complete Book of Vampires. New York: Barricade Books; London: Souvenir Press, 1998. 366 pages. $12.95. Earlier books by this author in this series include The Complete Book of Superstition, Prophecy, and Luck and The Complete Book of Spells, Curses, and Magical Recipes. William J. Kirwin. Corrected edition of Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, by E.R. Seary with the assistance of Sheila M.P. Lynch. McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1998. ISBN 0-7735-1782-0. liv + 573 pages. Cdn $49.95. Seary's 1977 book, now newly reset, provides documented evidence of the history of nearly 3,000 surnames, since the seventeenth century, together with linguistic origins in the British Isles and France, locations in the island, and statistics on name frequencies.
E. Bagby Atwood. 1953. A Survey of Verb Forms in the Eastern United States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
David Barnhart. The Barnhart Dictionary Companion, a quarterly of new words. Lexik House (P.O. Box 2018; Hyde Park, N.Y.). Annual subscription list price $98; academic libraries $80; teaching and retired faculty $50. ISSN 0736-1122. This journal has been covering new words, new meanings, and other changes in English usage since its founding in 1982. Lexik House is resuming the role of publisher with Volume 14.
Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill, eds. Language Myths. New York: Penguin, 1998. xviii + 189 pages. ISBN 014 02 6023 4. Everything which everybody knows about language and languages which, however, is quite wrong (or is it?): some languages are faster than others; bad grammar is slovenly; Italian is beautiful; they speak Shaksepearian in the Appalachians; America is ruining English; and much more. All the usual suspects: Montgomery, Wolfram, Milroy, Chambers, Preston, Algeo—plus some new and exciting authors.
Robert Bayley and Sandra R. Schecter, eds. Language socialization in bilingual and multilingual societies. Multilingual Matters, 2003. xii + 312 pages. $27.95 paperback, $69.95 hardcover. This book explores language socialization from very early childhood through adulthood, not only in often-studied communities in Canada and the United States, but also in Australia, Bolivia, Egypt, India, and Slovakia. The global perspective gained by the inclusion of studies of communities representing every inhabited continent provides readers with an indication of the richness of the field as well as a guide for future work.
Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics: a series edited by John M. Kirk and Dónall P. Ó Baoill. Available by mail from Dr John M. Kirk, School of English, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland; , http://www.bslcp.com. Postage and packing is an additional £2.00 per title. Payment may be made by Visa and MasterCard. Please provide number, expiry date, and billing address of the cardholder.
1: Language and Politics: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. December 2000. ISBN 0-85389-791-3 £9.50. Seventeen articles from a symposium held 12 August 2000 at Queen's University Belfast. Six of the articles deal with the Belfast Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which recognized the importance of language in Northern Ireland by creating for it one of the six North-South Implementation Bodies.
2: Language Links: the Languages of Scotland and Ireland. August 2001. ISBN 0-85389-795-6 £12.50. Eight structural studies, seven sociolinguistic studies, and three lexical studies; papers presented at an international conference on the languages of Ireland and Scotland held at Queen's University Belfast 9-16 August 2000.
3: Linguistic Politics: Language Policies for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. December 2001. ISBN 0-85389-815-6 £12.50. Three articles by politicians, three on language policy for Northern Ireland, three on European comparisons, seven on language policies for Scots, five on language policies for Irish, and two on language policies for Scottish Gaelic; papers from a Symposium on Langauages and Politics held at Queen's University Belfast 2325 August 2001.
Boyd H. Davis and Jeutonne P. Brewer. Electronic Discourse: Linguistic Individuals in Virtual Space. State University of New York Press. 217 pages. Paperback $16.95 ISBN 0-7914-3476-1. Hardcover $50.50 ISBN 0-7914-3475-3. The authors created an asynchronous mainframe conference for language and linguistics classes in which students analyzed the language of original newspaper reports of the 1960s civil rights sit-ins. The authors observed how students wrote to each other across a wide range of social and virtual settings, how they built a community within and across campus boundaries, and how they handled conflict while avoiding confrontation on sensitive issues of race and power.
Garland Cannon and Alan Kaye. The Persian Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001. x + 190 pages. Broschiert 49.80 Eur-D. ISBN 3-447-04503-5. Includes a historical dictionary of 811 Persian loans, a short dictionary of 133 distant loans, analysis of the data in 35 semantic fields, and earliest known English literary use.
Craig M. Carver 1989. American Regional Dialects. Ann Arbor:University of Michigan Press.
J.K. Chambers and Peter Trudgill. Dialectology. 2nd edition. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, 1998. 201 pages. ISBN 0-521-59646-7 (paperback). The old standby, continuously in print since 1980, reappears with brand new sections on dialectometry, multivariate methods and multidimensional mapping, new data illustrating implicational scales, age-correlated variables and lexical replacements, and wideranging citations reflecting the revitalization of the field since the first edition was published.
J.K. Chambers, Peter Trudgill and Natalie Schilling-Estes, editors. The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Blackwell, 2002. xii + 807 pages. ISBN 0-631-21803-3. This volume provides a timely survey of the progress in studies of the social uses of language. It brings together 30 original chapters by a distinguished international roster of linguists, most of them members of ADS, as are all three editors. Topics include the social evaluation of linguistic variants, the role of age, sex, social class and other social variables in language use, and the functions of language in disparate social settings.
Gerald Cohen. Dictionary of 1913 Baseball And Other Lingo, Vol. 1 (A-F). Privately printed. 208 pages. Soft cover $20 + $5 for shipping and handling. (Checks should be payable to the University of Missouri-Rolla and mailed to: Gerald Cohen, G-4 Humanities Social Sciences Building, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla MO 65401. The project is non-profit; all funds remaining after publication costs are met will be donated to a scholarship fund at the university.) "The book lists the terms I find of interest in the (Feb.–May) 1913 San Francisco Bulletin baseball articles and then presents the examples in context. This work started as a careful search for the earliest attestations of jazz (used in a baseball context before a music one) and then broadened out as a whole variety of interesting baseball terms and expressions came to my attention."
Gerald Cohen. Dictionary of 1913 Baseball And Other Lingo, volume 2: G-P. 237 pages; soft cover. Limited edition of 110 copies. $25 + $5 for shipping and handling. (Checks should be made payable to the University of Missouri-Rolla and mailed to Gerald Cohen, G-4 Humanities Social Sciences Building, Univ. of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla MO 65401. All funds remaining after publication costs are met will be donated to a scholarship fund at the University of Missouri-Rolla.) Primarily from the baseball columns of the San Francisco Bulletin, Feb.-May 1913. This work started as a careful search for the earliest attestations of "jazz" (used in a baseball context before a music one) and then broadened out as a whole variety of baseball terms and expressions came to his attention. Volume 1, published in 2001, is still available. 208 pp.; soft cover; likewise $20 + $5 for shipping and handling.
Gerald Leonard Cohen and Barry Popik. Studies in Slang, vol. 6. (Forum Anglicum, vol. 24.) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999. 132 pp., DM 49. ISBN 3-632-35435-5. Popik publishes prolifically on ADS-L, and Cohen comments copiously in his judicious journal Comments on Etymology. The best of their burrowing finds a permanent place in this splendid series. In this volume you can observe the origins inter alia of yegg, shyster, hi-de-ho, ofay, hush-hush, Spoonerism, and of course I'm from Missouri, you've got to show me.
Dale Coye. Pronouncing Shakespeare's Words: A Guide from A to Zounds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. 724 pages. ISBN 0-313-30655-9. Cloth $99.95. A pronouncing guide to all the "hard" words in Shakespeare, arranged by act and scene in the order they appear. Includes a list of the 50 most common "hard words" and all proper names. Based in part on a survey of professors from the US, UK, and Canada with regional differences noted.
Paul Dickson. From Elvis to E-Mail: Trends, Events, and Trivia from the Postwar Era to the End of the Century. Riverside, Connecticut: Federal Street Press, Jan. 2000. ISBN 1-892859-09-2. Hardcover $9.98. Words, numbers, slogans, fads, buttons and bumper stickers year by year since 1945. Revised through 1999.
Paul Dickson. The Official Rules and Explanations: The Original Guide to Surviving the Electronic Age With Wit, Wisdom, and Laughter. Federal Street Press, Jan. 2000. ISBN 1- 892859-10-6. Hardcover $9.98. Revision of book first published in 1978.
Paul Dickson. The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary. Harvest Books (Harcourt Brace), Feb. 1999. 576 pages. ISBN 0-15-600580-8 (paperback) $20; 0-15-100380-7 (hardcover) $35. An encyclopedic reference to more than 7,000 words, names, phrases, and slang expressions of the national pastime. Revision of his 1991 book with updated terms, new definitions, a thesaurus, and new illustrations.
Jürgen Eichhoff. Wortatlas der deutschen Umgangssprachen, Vol. 4. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, 2000. Hardbound DM 98 (3-907820-55-X), paper DM 68 (3-907820-56-8). A hundred maps of variant terms for household items, eating and drinking, plants and animals, as well as variations in pronunciation and grammar. Last of a series begun in 1977.
Edward Finegan. Language: Its Structure and Use, 3rd ed.
Paul Frommer and Edward Finegan, Looking at Languages: A Workbook in Elementary Linguistics, 2nd ed. Harcourt Brace, 1999. Both are thorough revisions of the earlier textbook and workbook, respectively. The textbook has separate chapters on dialects, registers, and the history of English, as well as the expected fare. Each chapter now also has a discussion of "Computers and . . ."—dialects, morphology, syntax, etc. And each chapter has a guide to appropriate Internet links.
Eugene Green. Anglo-Saxon Audiences. Peter Lang Publishing, August 2001. Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics 44. Hardcover $55.95. ISBN 0-8204-45509. Using modern textual analysis, including functional grammar, speech act analysis, and semiotics, this book reveals how kings, councillors, and homilists tried to engage and to direct the minds of Anglo-Saxon communicants and how poets invited their audiences to consider the minds of others as well as their own. This book focuses on legal codes promulgated from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, the homilies of Aelfric and Wulfstan, Beowulf, the Battle of Maldon, Deor, and two elegies. Anglo-Saxon audiences welcomed texts focused on future time, a perspective that challenged them to reflect on diverse patterns of thought.
Barbara Hill Hudson. African American Female Speech Communities: Varieties of Talk. Bergin & Garvey, 2001. 256 pages. $64.95. ISBN 0-89789- 506-1. The book describes how some female African American writers use the language of African American female characters to reflect their membership in various speech communities. Materials used for this text include slave narratives, novels, short stories, diaries, plays, and autobiographies.
Kenzo Kihara, editor. Sanseido's Concise English-Japanese Dictionary, 13th ed. November 2001. 1616 pages. Yen 3200+ 5% tax. This pocketsized English-Japanese dictionary was first published in 1922. The updated edition is comprehensive with approximately 130,000 headwords.
Grzegorz A. Kleparski. Theory and Practice of Historical Semantics: The Case of Middle English and Early Modern English Synonyms of GIRL/YOUNG WOMAN. Catholic Univ. of Lublin Press, 1997. 277 pages. $25. (Copies may be ordered directly from the author at English Dept., Catholic Univ., Al. Raclawickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland.) ISBN 83228-0598-5.
Thomas A. Klingler, Albert Valdman, Margaret M. Marshall and Kevin J. Rottet. Dictionary of Louisiana Creole. Indiana University Press, December, 1998. ISBN 0-253- 33451-9. 672 pages. Cloth $75. Compiled from written sources dating back to 1850 and from material collected in Bayou Teche, the German Coast, Pointe Coupee, and St. Tammany Parish. Includes a grammatical sketch, contextual examples with identification of where they were collected, French-Creole and English- Creole indexes, and many examples of folklore, traditional medicine, religious beliefs, and agricultural practices.
Miklós Kontra. Közérdekü nyelvészet (Popular Linguistics). Budapest, Hungary: Osiris Kiadó, 1999. 162 pages. ISBN 963-379-710-7. Articles on bilingualism, the contact varieties of Hungarian, language- in-education-based discrimination and Gypsy unemployment, the spread of English in Hungary, "English Only" and its curious connection to "Slovak Only," and the damage caused by Hungarian prescriptivists to Hungarian-language instruction in minority schools in neighboring countries.
Miklós Kontra, ed. Nyelv és társadalom a rendszerváltáskori Magyarországon (Language and Society in Hungary at the Fall of Communism). Budapest: Osiris Kiadó, 2003. 371 pages. ISBN 963 389 419 0. Written by Róbert Angelusz, Miklós Kontra, Csaba Pléh, Róbert Tardos and Tamás Terestyéni.
Miklós Kontra, Robert Phillipson, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, and Tibor Várady. Language: A Right and a Resouce: Approaching Linguistic Human Rights. Budapest, Hungary: Central European University Press, 1999. 350 pages. ISBN 963-9116- 63-7 (cloth) $49.95; 963-9116-64-5 (paperback) $23.95. This study broadens the knowledge of the important role of language in minority rights and in struggles for linguistic human rights. The book explores the interactions of linguistic diversity, biodiversity, and the free market and human rights.
Hans Kurath. 1949. A Word Geography of the Eastern United States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Hans Kurath and Raven McDavid I. 1961. The Pronunciation of English in the Atlantic States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Sonja L. Lanehart, editor. Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English. John Benjamins, 2001. xviii + 373 pages. Hardcover $95, ISBN 1 58811 045 1; paperback $39.95, ISBN 1 58811 046 X. Varieties of English Around the World, G27. Based on presentations at a 1998 state of the art conference at the University of Georgia, this volume explores the relationship between AAE and other varieties of English (Southern White Vernaculars, Gullah, and Caribbean English creoles), language use in the African American community (e.g., Hip Hop, women's language, and directness), and application of our knowledge about AAE to issues in education. Contributors include ADS members Lanehart, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Guy Bailey, Patricia Cukor-Avila, David Sutcliffe, Mary B. Zeigler, William Labov, John Baugh, and Walt Wolfram.
Ceil Lucas, editor. The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages. Cambridge U. Press, January 2002. xviii + 259 pages. Hardcover $65, ISBN 0-521-79137-5; paperback $23, ISBN 0-521-79474-9. A textbook for sociolinguistics courses with chapters on multilingualism, bilingualism, sociolinguistic variation, discourse analysis, language planning and policy, and language attitudes. Fifteen different authors contributed to the book, including ADS members Robert Bayley, Mary Rose, and Alyssa Wulf as well as Lucas.
Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Clayton Valli in collaboration with Mary Rose, Alyssa Wulf, Paul Dudis, Susan Schatz, and Laura Sanheim. Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language. Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities, Vol. 7. Gallaudet Univ. Press, 2002. xvii + 237 pages. Hardcover ISBN 1-56368-113-7 $55. Observations at the phonological, lexical, morphological, and syntactic levels demonstrate that ASL variation correlates with many of the same driving social factors of spoken languages, including age, socioeconomic class, gender, ethnic background, region, and sexual orientation.
Ronald K. S. Macaulay. Standards and Variation in Urban Speech: Examples from Lowland Scots. John Benjamins, 1997. x + 201 pages. Hardcover Hfl 120. ISBN 90-272-4878-8. Critically examines the notions vernacular, standard language, Received Pronunciation, social class, and linguistic insecurity. Uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods with examples from comedians' jokes, dialect poetry, formal and informal interviews, and personal narratives.
M.M. Mathews 1931. The Beginnings of American English. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Erin McKean. VERBATIM: From the Bawdy to the Sublime, the Best Writing on Language for Word Lovers, Grammar Mavens, and Armchair Linguists. Harcourt/Harvest Books, October 2001. 372 pages. $14. ISBN 015601209X. A collection of pieces from VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly, including articles by ADS members Jesse Sheidlower and Gerald Cohen, and the late Frederic Cassidy.
Jeffrey McQuain and Stanley Malless. Coined by Shakespeare: Words and Meanings First Penned by the Bard. Merriam-Webster, January 1998. xli + 274 pages. Hardcover $14.95. ISBN 0-87779-353-0. In the "Lighter Side of Language" series. Alphabetically organized essays on several hundred of the 1500 words Shakespeare added to English, from abstemious to zany. Interspersed with quizzes about Shakespeare's language and plays.
Allan Metcalf. How We Talk: American Regional English Today. xvi + 207 pages, with maps and illustrations. Houghton Mifflin, November 2000. $24 hardcover, $14 paperback. ISBN 0-618- 04363-2, -4. This is a skookum book, not too spendy, aimed at a general audience but availing itself of y'all's (or you guys's) research on regional dialects. Covering both sounds and words in detail, it takes the reader on a guided tour from South to North to West and out to Alaska and Hawaii, adding a chapter on ethnic dialects and one on dialects in the movies. Along the way it incorporates specimens ranging from Henry James's diatribe against the American "r" to Camper English's poem "Surfer Dude."
Allan Metcalf. Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. xvi + 207 pages. Hardcover ISBN 0-618-13006-3 $22. Why do so many of the brightest and best new words fail to find a permanent place in our vocabulary? For that matter, why are so many of the ADS Words of the Year evanescent rather than enduring? Do words that fill "gaps" in the language have a better chance of success? And what kind of word should you create if you want it to succeed? These and other mysteries yield to the author's sleuthing among copious examples of new words and phrases of the recent past, both those that succeeded (like couch potato) and those that failed (like schmoozeoisie).
Allan Metcalf. The World in So Many Words: A Country-by-Country Tour of Words That Have Shaped our Language. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. xviii + 298 pages. ISBN 0-395-95920-9. Hardcover $19. Maybe you know that penguin comes from Welsh and hooch from Tlingit, not to mention boondocks from Tagalog and dynamite from Swedish (yes, the inventor did borrow a bit from Greek), but where else will you learn that the Turkmen language has given ours Akhalteke, and what it means? This is a tour of the more than 200 languages English is indebted to for its gargantuan vocabulary. From Europe through Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, the tour pauses at one representative word from each language, along with information about the language and its total contribution to English. It's just for fun, but you might learn something.
Miriam Meyers. A Bite Off Mama's Plate: Mothers' and Daughters' Connections through Food. Bergin & Garvey, Greenwood Publishing Group, September 2001. 208 pages. $24.95. ISBN 0-89789- 788-9. Explores the connections mothers and daughters enjoy in the kitchen and beyond. Combines original research including focus groups, interviews, and a national survey, with a personal memoir and a wide range of other sources. Chapter topics include food and the family, communication about and through food, food-related learning, food for the circumstances of life, and food as a way of ensuring continuity across generations of women.
Salikoko S. Mufwene. The Ecology of Language Evolution. Cambridge U. Press, September 2001. 274 pages. Including 3 line diagrams, 7 maps, and 6 tables. Hardcover $59.95, ISBN 0-521-79138-3; paperback $21.95, ISBN 0-521-79475-7. This major new work explores the development of creoles and other new languages, focusing on the conceptual and methodological issues they raise for genetic linguistics. The book surveys a wide range of examples of changes in the structure, function, and vitality of languages and suggests that similar ecologies have played the same kinds of roles in all cases of language evolution.
Carol Myers-Scotton, editor. Codes and Consequences: Choosing Linguistic Varieties. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1998. ISBN 0- 19-511522-8 (hardcover), 0-19-511523-6 (paper cover).
Stephen J. Nagle and Sara L. Sanders, eds. English in the Southern United States. A dozen essays providing an overview of Southern white and African-American English and current research on its phonology, grammar, vocabulary, and history. Authors are ADS members John Algeo, Edgar Schneider, Laura Wright, Salikoko Mufwene, Patricia Cukor-Avila, Cynthia Bernstein, George Dorrill, Crawford Feagin, Walt Wolfram, Jan Tillery, Guy Bailey, Connie Eble, and Barbara Johnstone.
Rose Nash. NTC's Dictionary of Russian Cognates Thematically Organized. NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, 2000, xxiv + 264 pages. ISBN 0- 8442-0459-5, US $24.95, CDN $36.95. An innovative reference designed for both Russian and English speakers that opens the door to thousands of words that are essentially the same in both languages. The book is organized into 20 theme groups further subdivided into a wide range of topics. Included are terms in literature, art, music, science, technology, religion, foods, entertainment, sports, transportation, communications, commerce, finance, history, and more. Special importance is given to everyday highfrequency words and recent post-Soviet additions to Russian vocabulary. Step-by-step pronunciation and alphabet guides help the user master the Cyrillic alphabet. Used alongside a standard desk dictionary, this work is a useful resource for writers, students, immigrants, businesspeople, and anyone else coming in contact with these two important world languages.
Lois Nathan. Le scripteur et ses signifiants en six Chants ou le miroir brisé de Maldoror: sémiotique pour Lautréamont. Rouen: Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre, 76821 Mont- Saint-Aignan Cedex, 2002. 242 pages. paperbound 20 euros. ISBN : 2-87775-329-8. In French. This is a semiological analysis of Les Chants de Maldoror by Le Comte de Lautréamont, the 19th century French writer. It questions the sense of the act of writing, as it can be found through the text. It shows that the writer and the text mutually reflect each other, as in a mirror image, forever linked by the signature of the pseudonym: Le Comte de Lautréamont.
Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh and Edgar W. Schneider, eds. 2001. Degrees of Restructuring in Creole Languages. Creole Language Library 22. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins. 492 pp. Hardbound $120 (1-58811-039-7). Nineteen papers from a 1998 colloquium at the University of Regensburg discuss structural, sociohistorical and theoretical aspects of creoles, building upon case studies of both Romance-based and English-oriented creoles. Contributors include ADS members John Holm, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Schneider, and John M. Lipski.
Frank Nuessel. The Esperanto Language. Legas, 2000. 153 pages. ISBN 0-921252-95-1. $20 U.S. postpaid to anywhere in the world from Legas, 68 Kamloops Ave., Ottawa ON K1V 7C9 Canada. A thorough overview of the linguistic features of Esperanto, pedagogy and linguistic scholarship, Esperanto history and literature, and the Esperanto movement, culture, and artifacts. Appendixes include the 16 rules of Esperanto and bibliographies.
Itsuo Oishi. Katakana Eigo to Hensoku Eigo. (Awkward Japanized English.) In Japanese. Tokyo: Takashobo-Yumi Press. Paperback 1200 yen ($9). English words and phrases have constantly been Japanized and used in Japanese. Coining Englishbased words and phrases is also very common. This book criticizes such trends and practices, showing correct English for dubious Japanized English.
Thomas M. Paikeday. The User's Webster Dictionary. Toronto and New York: Lexicography, Inc. ( , phone (905) 371-2065), 2000. xviii + 1262 pages. ISBN 0-920865-03-8. Paperback $7.99 (Cdn $11.95). Order from University of Toronto Press Fulfillment Services, 5201 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario M3H 5T8, Canada; (800) 565-9523, fax (800) 221-9985, . Paikeday's distinctive dictionary defines words in their typical contexts and provides examples of idiomatic usage. It has 90,000 entries, 80,000 illustrative phrases, and a simple "keyless" pronunciation system. For the benefit of learners as well as general users, it pays special attention to collocations. A 1990s database provided new vocabulary for this update of the author's 1982 New York Times Everyday Dictionary. "If ever a dictionary was published pro bono publico, this is it," Paikeday declares. "All rights to the dictionary are being offered to bona fide American publishers." The paper cover and perfect binding make it amazingly inexpensive, but also not very durable for the use it can be expected to get. Sample entry: di.a.lect (DYE.uh.lect) n. a regionally or socially distinct form of a language, esp. if nonstandard: In Southern Georgian dialect, "I wouldn't" becomes "Ah woon." — di.a.lec.tal (-lec.tul) adj.
Thomas Paikeday. The User's Webster Dictionary online. Complete text available for searching free of charge at http://www.paikeday.net/userswebster.html. There is no printed counterpart being sold commercially; the 2000 print edition is sold out.
Frank Parker and Kathryn Riley. Linguistics for Non-Linguists: A Primer with Exercises. 3rd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000. ISBN 0-205- 29930-X. This revised edition features hundreds of exercises, many of them new, now integrated throughout each chapter; an expanded treatment of syntax; a chapter dealing exclusively with the representation of language in writing (e.g., relations between phonology and spelling); a new chapter on "Language Processing" that discusses concepts from psycholinguistics and discourse analysis; and updated "Supplementary Readings" for each chapter. Instructor's Manual also available. For more information, see www.abacon.com.
Peter L. Patrick. Urban Jamaican Creole: Variation in the Mesolect. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1999. xii+317 pages. ISBN 1 55619 448 X. Hardcover $110. A synchronic sociolinguistic study of Jamaican Creole as spoken in urban Kingston, this work uses variationist methods to closely investigate two key concepts of Atlantic Creole studies: the mesolect, and the creole continuum. One major concern is to describe how linguistic variation patterns with social influences. The second chief aim is to elucidate the nature of mesolectal grammar. Drawing on a year's fieldwork in a mixed-class neighborhood of the capital city, the author (a speaker of JC) describes the speech community's history, demographics, and social geography, locating speakers in terms of their social class, occupation, education, age, sex, residence, and urban orientation. The later chapters examine a recorded corpus for linguistic variables. The Jamaican urban mesolect is portrayed as a coherent system showing stratified yet regular linguistic behavior, embedded in a well-defined speech community; despite the incorporation of forms and constraints from English, it is quintessentially creole in character.
Louise Péronnet, Rose Mary Babitch, Wladyslaw Cichocki and Patrice Brasseur. Atlas linguistique du vocabulaire maritime acadien. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 1998. 684 pages. ISBN 2-7637-7578-0. Cdn $40. Part 1 is a dialect atlas with over 350 maps documenting lexical variation in the Acadian French spoken by fishermen in the Maritime Provinces of eastern Canada. Part 2 presents quantitative dialectometric analyses of the lexical database as well as several brief comparisons with lexical usage on the Atlantic coast of France.
Lewis Poteet with Jim Poteet. Car Talk: A Lexicon of Automobile and Motorcycle Slang. ABDO Publishing Co. 192 pages. ISBN 155207000X. Paperback $10.99 at Barnes&Noble.com. This 1997 book, Poteet explains, "originally self-published, with help from John Mahoney at Pigwidgeon Press, Ayers Cliff, Que., who published my Talking Country, is back in print through iUniverse.com and Barnes and Noble."
Lewis J. Poteet and Martin Stone. Plane Talk: Push You, Pull Me—An Aviation Lexicon. Montreal: Robert Davies. $9.95 U.S., $14.95 Canadian. ISBN 1-55207-002-6.
Dennis R. Preston, ed. Handbook of Perceptual Dialectology, Volume 1. John Benjamins, 2000. 412 pages. ISBN 1 55619 534 6 Hardcover $145. Perceptual dialectology investigates what ordinary people (as opposed to professional linguists) believe about the distribution of language varieties in their own and surrounding speech communities and how they have arrived at and implement those beliefs. It studies the beliefs of the common folk about which dialects exist and, indeed, about what attitudes they have to these varieties. Some of this leads to discussion of what they believe about language in general, or "folk linguistics". Volume 1 of this handbook provides:–a historical survey;–a regional survey, adding to the earlier preponderance of studies in Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States;–a methodological survey, showing, in detail, how data have been acquired and processed;–an interpretive survey, showing how these data have been related to both linguistic and other sociocultural facts;–a comprehensive bibliography. Contributions by: Dennis Preston; W.G. Rensink; Jo Daan; Ludger Kremer; Takesi Sibata; Kikuo Nomoto; Yoshio Mase; Willem Grootaers; Antonius A. Weijnen; A.C.M. Goeman; Fumio Inoue; Daniel Long; Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain; Lawrence Kuiper; Mahide Demirci and Brian Kleiner; Donald M. Lance; Laura Hartley; Nikolas Coupland, Angie Williams, and Peter Garrett. Thomas Schönweitz. Geschlechtsspezifische Variation im Southern American English. Eine soziolinguistische Auswerung der Daten des Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States. [Gender-Related Speech Differences in the Southern United States. Evidence from the Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States]. Münster/Germany: LIT, 1999. ix + 779 pages. ISBN 3-8258-4300-9. Paperback DM 148.80 (roughly $75).
Michael Quinion. Ologies and Isms: Word Beginnings and Endings. Oxford Paperback Reference Series. New York: Oxford University Press, April 2003. viii + 270 pages, paperback. ISBN 0-19- 280123-6. $16.95. Prefixes and suffixes are among the most commonÑand often misinterpretedÑparts of English language construction, and yet they make up much of our medical and technical vocabulary. In accessible, plain language, this book explains what each affix means, using over 10,000 examples across 1,250 entries. A selective thematic index aids identification.
Allen Walker Read. America: Naming the Country and Its People. Edited by Leonard R.N. Ashley. 284 pages. Edwin Mellen Press, 2001. $89.95 (20% discount with a credit card order by phone: 716/754- 2788). ISBN 0-7734-7391-2. A member of ADS since the late 1920s, Allen Walker Read needs no introduction. This volume collects two dozen of his studies of American names, including America, Yankee, and names for residents of the various states.
Carroll E. Reed 1977. Dialects of American English. University of Massachusetts Press.
William Safire. Spread the Word. Times Books, Random House, 1999. xiii+283 pages. ISBN 0- 8129-3253-6, Hardcover $25.95. The eleventh collection of "On Language" columns from The New York Times Magazine examines the evolution of current phrases, verbal trends, and the origins of colloquialisms. Organized alphabetically by topic, with added comments from readers like ADS members John Algeo, Frederic Cassidy, David Barnhart, Robert Barnhart, and Joan Hall, among others.
Sandra R. Schecter and Robert Bayley. Language as Cultural Practice: Mexicanos en el Norte. Lawrence Erlbaum, May 2002. 224 pages. Hardcover $55, ISBN 0-8058-3533-4; paperback $24.50, ISBN 0-808-3534-2. An ethnographic account of language socialization practices in Mexican-background families in California and Texas. The book illustrates a variety of cases where language is used by speakers to choose between alternative self-definitions and where language interacts differentially with other defining categories such as ethnicity, gender, and class. Using a framework emerging from their selection of two distinct localities with differing demographic features, the authors compare patterns of meaning suggested by the use of Spanish and English in speech and literacy activities and by the symbolic importance ascribed by families and societal institutions to the maintenance and use of the two languages.
E.R. Seary. Place Names of the Northern Peninsula. Eds. Robert Hollett and William J. Kirwin. St. John's: ISER Books, 2000. 252 pp. Canadian $24.95, plus 7% tax. ISBN 0-919666-74-4. The work lists the names, many of them French, of the long finger of the island of Newfoundland pointing toward Labrador. Each entry supplies the location as well as the historical record of the names found in maps and charts beginning in the 15th century, and attempts to supply the meaning. Black Joke Cove, for example, is possibly drawn from a popular song in London between 1730 and 1760. Capt. Cook's surveys furnished many names in this region, including one which apparently defied description, Nameless Cove.
David L. Shores. Tangier Island: Place, People, and Talk. Cranbury, New Jersey: Associated University Presses.Hardbound $47.50 (0-87413-717-9). Tangier (pop. 700) is in Chesapeake Bay. Part 3 of this book describes the relic dialect of the island.
Takesi Sibata. Sociolinguistics in Japanese Contexts. Edited by Tetsuya Kunihiro, Fumio Inoue, and Daniel Long. Mouton de Gruyter, 1999. ISBN 3-11-014979-6 3110149796. xvi + 489 pages. DM 248. Contributions to the Sociology of Language, 81.
Robert Stockwell and Donka Minkova. English Words: History and Structure. Cambridge U. Press, July 2001. xi + 208 pages. Hardcover $54.95, ISBN 0-521-79012-3; paperback $19.95, ISBN 0-521- 79362-9. A textbook covering principles of word formation in English, including morphology, as well as the historical development of the English vocabulary. It is concerned especially with the learned vocabulary of English, words borrowed from the classical languages and French. Includes a chapter on the pronunciation of classical words in English and, in an appendix, an introduction to dictionaries.
G.M. Story, W.J. Kirwin, and J.D.A. Widdowson. Dictionary of Newfoundland English Online. Based on the second print edition, 1990. Headwords and any word or phrase in the alphabetical listing can be easily searched.
Alan R. Thomas, editor, Issues and Methods in Dialectology. 25 papers from the Ninth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology held in Bangor, Wales in 1996. x + 312 pages. Paper cover. £22 in UK, £23 in mainland Europe, £25 elsewhere from Methods IX, Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, U.K.; fax +01248 382928, .
Peter Trudgill. The Dialects of England.. 2nd edition. Malden: Blackwell, 1999. x + 154 pages. ISBN 0 631 21815 7. Paperback $ 20. Also in hardcover. In this new, revised and extended edition, the author now includes phonetic symbols. There is also a new prognostic map for English dialects in the coming century, and a discussion of "Estuary English."
Lorenzo Dow Turner. Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect. With new introductions by Katherine Wyly Mille and Michael B. Montgomery. 352 pages. Paperback ISBN 1-57003-452-4 $21.95. Advertised as the firstÑand still most importantÑbook on Gullah language. Originally published 1949. Mille and Montgomery set the text in its sociolinguistic context, explore recent developments in the celebration of Gullah culture, and honor Turner with a recounting of his life and scholarly accomplishments.
Laurence Urdang. The Timetables of American History, Millennial (3rd) Edition. Simon and Schuster, November 2001. 544 pages. Large format (8-1/2" x 11") paperback $23. ISBN 0743202619. This book not only chronicles what was occurring in America in terms of politics, the arts, science, and technology, but relates them to simultaneous developments throughout the rest of the world. From breakthroughs in science to breakdowns in international relations, from the heroes who mastered the playing fields to masterpieces of art and literature, it provides a comprehensive account of the march of civilization.
Walt Wolfram, Carolyn Temple Adger and Donna Christian. Dialects in Schools and Communities. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Jan. 1999. 264 pages. ISBN 0-8058-2862-1 (cloth) $49.95; 0- 8058-2863-X (paper cover) $24.95. An updated and expanded version of Dialects and Education (1989) by Wolfram and Christian. Chapters on Language Variation in America, Exploring Dialects, Communicative Interaction, Language Difference Does Not Mean Language Deficit, Oral Language Instruction, Dialects and Written Language, Language Variation and Reading, and Dialect Awareness for Students. Appendix: A Selective Inventory of Vernacular.
Walt Wolfram and Erik Thomas. The Development of African American English. Blackwell, May 2002. 256 pages. Hardback ISBN 0631230866 $73.95; paperback ISBN 0631230874 $36.95. A reconsideration of the earlier and current development of African American English based on a unique biracial enclave situation that has existed on the North Carolina coast for almost three centuries. The conclusions of this study challenge the Creolist, the Anglicist, and the neo-Anglicist positions on the history of African American English and offer insights into the development of African American speech in the twentieth century.