Top linguists from diverse fields address language varieties in the South.
Language Variety in the South Revisited is a comprehensive collection of new research on southern United States English by foremost scholars of regional language variation. Like its predecessor, Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 1986), this book includes current research into African American vernacular English, but it greatly expands the scope of investigation and offers an extensive assessment of the field. The volume encompasses studies of contact involving African and European languages; analysis of discourse, pragmatic, lexical, phonological, and syntactic features; and evaluations of methods of collecting and examining data. The 38 essays not only offer a wealth of information about southern language varieties but also serve as models for regional linguistic investigation.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPerspectives on Language Variety in the SouthLanguage Variety in the South: A Retrospective and AssessmentMontgomeryMichaelSouthern American English: A ProspectiveBaileyGuyLanguage Contact with Emphasis on the African DiasporaEarlier Black English RevisitedW. SchneiderEdgarAn Early Representation of African-American EnglishCooleyMarianneChallenges and Problems of Recorded InterviewsP. BrewerJeutonneThe Variable Persistence of Southern Vernacular Sounds in the Speech of Inner-City Black DetroitersF. EdwardsWalterSouthern Speech and Self-Expression in an African-American Woman's StoryJohnstoneBarbaraAmbrose Gonzales's Gullah: What It May Tell Us about VariationWyly MilleKatherineGullah's Development: Myth and Sociohistorical EvidenceS. MufweneSalikokoThe African Contribution to Southern States EnglishFeaginCrawfordColonial Society and the Development of Louisiana CreoleKlinglerTomCode-Switching and Loss of Inflection in Louisiana FrenchD. PiconeMichaelEthnic Identity, Americanization, and Survival of the Mother Tongue: The First- vs. the Second-Generation Chinese of Professionals in MemphisK. L. ChingMarvinKungHsiang-tePhonological, Morphosyntactic, Discourse, and Lexical FeaturesThe Sociolinguistic Complexity of Quasi-Isolated Southern Coastal CommunitiesWolframWaltSchilling-EstesNatalieHazenKirkCraigChrisPronunciation Variation in Eastern North CarolinaSouthardBruceVariation in Tejano English: Evidence for Variable Lexical PhonologyBayleyRobertRule Ordering in the Phonology of Alabama-Georgia ConsonantsC. TaylorWilliamSolidarity Cues in New Orleans EnglishAnne ColesFeliceSocial Meaning in Southern Speech from an Interactional Sociolinguistic Perspective: An Integrative Discourse Analysis of Terms of AddressE. DaviesCatherineThat Muddy Mississippi of Falsehood Called HistoryWeatherlyJoan“Pictures from Life's Other Side”: Southern Regionalism in Hank Williams's Luke the Drifter RecordingsL. WilmethThomasThe Evolution of Ain't in African-American Vernacular EnglishMaynorNatalieAuntie(-man) in the Caribbean and North AmericaR. ButtersRonaldThe South in DAREMetcalfAllanDARE: Some Etymological PuzzlesG. CassidyFredericExpletives and Euphemisms in DARE: An Initial Lookvon SchneidemesserLuanneLAGS and DARE: A Case of MutualismH. HallJoanMethods of Sampling, Measurement, and AnalysisThe South: The TouchstoneR. PrestonDennisHow Far North Is South? A Critique of Carver's North-South Dialect BoundaryC. FrazerTimothyRegional Vocabulary in MissouriM. LanceDonaldB. FariesRachelGeographical Influence on Lexical Choice: Changes in the 20th CenturyJohnsonEllenGenerating Linguistic Feature Maps with StatisticsA. KretzschmarWilliamQuantitative Mapping Techniques for Displaying Language Variation and ChangeWikleTomThe Role of Social Processes in Language Variation and ChangeTilleryJanAn Ethnolinguistic Approach to the Study of Rural Southern AAVECukor-AvilaPatriciaSpeaking Maps and Talking Worlds: Adolescent Language Usage in a New South CommunityH. DavisBoydSmilowitzMichaelNeelyLeahResolving Dialect Status: Levels of Evidence in Assessing African-American Vernacular English FormsWolframWaltUnderstanding BirminghamLabovWilliamAshSharonReferencesContributorsIndex
Cynthia Bernstein is Associate Professor of English, Thomas Nunnally is Associate Professor of English, and Robin Sabino is Assistant Professor of English, all at Auburn University.