Speaking American: A History of English in the United States

Speaking American: A History of English in the United States

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When did English become American? What distinctive qualities made it American? What role have Americas democratizing impulses, and its vibrantly heterogeneous speakers, played in shaping our language and separating it from the mother tongue? A wide-ranging account of American English, Richard Baileys Speaking American investigates the history and continuing evolution of our language from the sixteenth century to the present. The book is organized in half-century… (more)