Language Variation and Change in the American Midland

A New Look at ‘Heartland’ English

Thomas E. Murray | Kansas State University
Beth Lee Simon | Indiana University - Purdue University
ISBN 9789027248961 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027293541 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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This volume explores the linguistic complexities and critical issues of the Midland dialect area of the USA, and contains a unique data-based set of investigations of the Midlands dialect. The authors demonstrate that the large central part of the United States known colloquially as the Heartland, geo-culturally as the Midwest, and linguistically as the Midland is a very real dialect area, one with regional cohesiveness, social complexity, and psycho-emotional impact. The individual essays problematize historical origins, track linguistic markers of social identity over time and across social spaces, frame dialect issues within the linguistic marketplace, account for extra-linguistic influences on changing patterns of linguistic behaviors, and describe maintenance strategies of non-English languages. This book is an important move forward in the understanding of American English. Sociolinguists, dialectologists, applied linguists, and all those involved in the statistical and qualitative study of language variation will find this volume relevant, timely, and insightful.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G36] 2006.  xii, 320 pp.
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“Language Variation and Change in the American Midland serves as aconsiderable contribution to the growing body of literature on Midland English and, secondarily, is a worthy successor to Fraser's 'Heartland English'. The volume is a must-read book for anyone interested in the state of Midland English in the 21st century.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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