Speaking American: A History of English in the United States

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Index
Addams, Jane, 144
Ade, George, 146–47, 154–55
African Americans, 148
Disney films and, 166
jazz and, 159–60
language of, 90–91, 93, 114–15, 128–29, 155, 166
minstrel shows and, 128–29
in New York, 128–30
in Philadelphia, 90–93
stereotypes of, 91–93, 114–15, 166
trade with, 61, 61n2
Algren, Nelson, 148
American Dialect Society, 135
American English, xv
abstractions for, 9
class and, 11, 67, 135–38, 145–46, 148
in Congress, 13
emigration and, 6–7
grandiloquence in, 8
Louisiana Purchase related to, xv
Mobilian Jargon for, 104–5
New England related to, xiii–xiv, 96
perspectives about, 5–6
Philadelphia related to, xiv–xv
for plants, 76–77, 79
purity of, 11, 12, 121–22
science and, 77–78
social rank and, 67
South Carolina related to, xiv, 13
Swedish and, 78–79
variety of, 92–93, 96
word creation in, 9–10
American English changes. See also slang; specific cities and regions
of Alaska, 5
colonial lag and, 26
about death, 7
etymology and, 8, 10, 44, 77
founder principle and, 26
gentility in, 7–9
inevitability of, 3–4, 183
linkister for, 4
of mesquite, 4–5
north compared to south, 6, 13
rural compared to urban, 43–44
social rank and, 67–68

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Editorial Note xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1- Introduction 3
  • 2- Chesapeake Bay, before 1650 16
  • 3- Boston, 1650–1700 27
  • 4- Charleston, 1700–1750 48
  • 5- Philadelphia, 1750–1800 72
  • 6- New Orleans, 1800–1850 98
  • 7- New York, 1850–1900 121
  • 8- Chicago, 1900–1950 139
  • 9- Los Angeles, 1950–2000 162
  • 10- Epilogue 183
  • References 185
  • Index 199
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