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English in America: A Linguistic History

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Follow a Professor of Linguistics to trace the history of our language from the Jamestown settlement to our modern era of mass immigration, globalization, and Internet communication.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Defining American English Dialects
  • 2: The Foundations of American English
  • 3: From English in America to American English
  • 4: The Rise of American Language Standards
  • 5: Where Is General American English?
  • 6: Mapping American Dialects
  • 7: Ethnicity and American English
  • 8: African American English
  • 9: Mobility, Media, and Contemporary English
  • 10: The History of American Language Policy
  • 11: Latino Language and Dialects in America
  • 12: Where Is American English Headed?

Taught by

Natalie Schilling, PhD

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