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Dictionary of American Regional English #05: Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume V: Sl-Z

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With this fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, readers now have the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam's housecat to Zydeco. Like the first four volumes, the fifth is filled with words that reflect our origins, migrations, ethnicities, and neighborhoods.

Contradicting the popular notion that American English has become homogenized, DARE demonstrates that our language still has distinct and delightful local character. If a person lives in a remote place, would you say he's from the boondocks? Or from the puckerbrush, the tules, or the willywags? Where are you likely to live if you eat Brunswick stew rather than jambalaya, stack cake, smearcase, or kringle? What's your likely background if your favorite card game is hasenpfeffer? bid whist? sheepshead? Whether we are talking about foods, games, clothing, family members, animals, or almost any other aspect of life, our vocabulary reveals much about who we are.

Each entry in DARE has been carefully researched to provide as complete a history of its life in America as possible. Illustrative citations extend from the seventeenth century through the twenty-first. More than 600 maps show where words were collected by the DARE fieldworkers. And quotations highlight the wit and wisdom of American speakers and writers. Recognized as the authoritative record of American English, DARE serves scholars and professionals of all stripes. It also holds treasures for readers who simply love our language.

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DARE readers now have the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam's housecat to Zydeco. Volume V is filled with words that reflect our origins, migrations, ethnicities, and neighborhoods. Whether we are talking about foods, games, clothing, family, animals, or any other aspect of life, our vocabulary reveals much about who we are.

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2013 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association

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A New Yorker Best Book of 2012

About the Author

Joan Houston Hall is Distinguished Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the DARE staff in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000.

University of Wisconsin

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674047358
Author:
Hall, Joan Houston
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Subject:
History-United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines-Vocabulary
Subject:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
Volume V
Publication Date:
20120320
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
682 maps
Pages:
1296
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in

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"Synopsis" by , DARE readers now have the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam's housecat to Zydeco. Volume V is filled with words that reflect our origins, migrations, ethnicities, and neighborhoods. Whether we are talking about foods, games, clothing, family, animals, or any other aspect of life, our vocabulary reveals much about who we are.
"Synopsis" by , 2013 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association
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