Language Variation in North American English

Research and Teaching

  • Editors: A. Wayne Glowka, Donald M. Lance
  • Pages: xvi + 417
  • Published: 1993
  • ISBN: 9780873523905 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780873523899 (Cloth)
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“Thirty-nine lucid essays neatly balanced between research and pedagogy . . . An essential book on the topic of language variation.”


Why do people speak the way they do? And why does the way they speak make so much difference? This collection of essays on language variation offers fascinating answers to these intriguing questions and explores key issues in the field. Designed to help teachers and students in high school and college investigate the scope and implications of language variation in North American English, thirty-nine essays, all original, offer a wealth of practical advice and provide exercises and assignments as well as suggestions for classroom projects and fieldwork. The authors approach their subjects from a variety of fields, including dialectology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and lexicography. Teachers, students, and language buffs alike will find an engrossing array of insights and ideas in this up-to-date study of a topic that has never been more pertinent than it is today.

John Algeo
Harold B. Allen
Mark Amsler
Richard W. Bailey
John Baugh
Jeutonne P. Brewer
Karen McFarland Canine
Frederic G. Cassidy
Thomas L. Clark
Boyd Davis
George Dorrill
Timothy C. Frazer
D. Letticia Galindo
Harry Homa
Barbara Hill Hudson
Gloria Jones
Donald W. Larmouth
Greta D. Little
Charles B. Martin
Charles F. Meyer
Miriam Watkins Meyers
Michael I. Miller
Michael Montgomery
Salikoko S. Mufwene
Frank Parker
Dennis R. Preston
Kathryn Riley
Lilita Rodman
Jerrie Cobb Scott
James H. Sledd
Henry M. Truby
Lynn K. Varn
Lise Winer
Walt Wolfram
Gordon R. Wood
Gilbert Youmans