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Charles A. Ferguson, Shirley Brice Heath, Braj B. Kachru, Walt Wolfram, Patricia C. Nichols, Elizabeth Whatley, William L. Leap, Willard Walker, Allan R. Taylor, Jerry R. Craddock, Ana Celia Zentella, Yole Correa-Zoli, Glenn G. Gilbert, David L. Gold, Vera M. Henzl, James Beebe, Maria Beebe, Anthony F. Beltramo, William M. O'Barr, Aaron V. Cicourel, John J. Gumperz, Jenny Cook-Gumperz, Courtney B. Cazden, David K. Dickinson, Christina Bratt Paulston, Dorothy Waggoner, Joshua A. Fishman
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  • Date Published: August 1981
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521298346

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  • Language in the USA is a volume of specially commissioned studies on the language situation in America, how it came to be the way it is, and the forces of changes within it. The USA has its own unique pattern of languages: American English, the principal language, different in structure and use from other kinds of English in the world; two hundred American Indian languages, some of them flourishing as never before; Spanish, spoken in North America before English and now the second most important language in the country; a cost of immigrant languages, each with a different history of accommodation to the American scene. The book explains the place of these various languages and how they are used in education, the professions, and general communication. Language in the USA is a work of reference, which gives an accessible account of the very considerable research in this area done by linguists, sociologists, educationalists, and anthropologists.

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    • Date Published: August 1981
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521298346
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    The authors
    Notes on symbols
    Introduction Charles A. Ferguson and Shirley Brice Heath
    Part I. American English: Introduction
    1. English in our language heritage Shirley Brice Heath
    2. American English and other Englishes Braj B. Kachru
    3. Varieties of American English Walt Wolfram
    4. Creoles of the USA Patricia C. Nichols
    5. Language among Black Americans Elizabeth Whatley
    Part II. Languages before English: Introduction
    6. American Indian languages William L. Leap
    7. Native American writing systems Willard Walker
    8. Indian lingua franca Allan R. Taylor
    9. New World Spanish Jerry R. Craddock
    Part III. Languages after English: Introduction
    10. Language variety among Puerto Ricans Ana Celia Zentella
    11. The language of Italian Americans Yole Correa-Zoli
    12. French and German: a comparative study Glenn G. Gilbert
    13. The speech and writing of Jews David L. Gold
    14. Slavic languages in the new environment Vera M. Henzl
    15. The Filipinos: a special case James Beebe and Maria Beebe
    16. Profile of a state: Montana Anthony F. Beltramo
    Part IV. Language In Use: Introduction
    17. The language of the law William M. O'Barr
    18. Language and medicine Aaron V. Cicourel
    19. Ethnic differences in communicative style John J. Gumperz and Jenny Cook-Gumperz
    20. Language in education: standardisation versus cultural pluralism Courtney B. Cazden and David K. Dickinson
    21. Bilingualism and education Christina Bratt Paulston
    22. Statistics on language use Dorothy Waggoner
    23. Language policy: past, present, and future Joshua A. Fishman
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Charles A. Ferguson

    Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, California

    Contributors

    Charles A. Ferguson, Shirley Brice Heath, Braj B. Kachru, Walt Wolfram, Patricia C. Nichols, Elizabeth Whatley, William L. Leap, Willard Walker, Allan R. Taylor, Jerry R. Craddock, Ana Celia Zentella, Yole Correa-Zoli, Glenn G. Gilbert, David L. Gold, Vera M. Henzl, James Beebe, Maria Beebe, Anthony F. Beltramo, William M. O'Barr, Aaron V. Cicourel, John J. Gumperz, Jenny Cook-Gumperz, Courtney B. Cazden, David K. Dickinson, Christina Bratt Paulston, Dorothy Waggoner, Joshua A. Fishman

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