Race and the Rise of Standard American (Language, Power, and Social Process) (Language, Power, and Social Process)
This study examines the effect of race-consciousness upon the pronunciation of American English and upon the ideology of standardization in the twentieth century. It shows how the discourses of prescriptivist pronunciation, the xenophobic reaction against immigration to the eastern metropolises - especially New York - and the closing of the western frontier together constr...more
Taschenbuch, 240 pages
Published June 7th 2002 by Gruyter
(first published January 1st 2002)
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I use this book in my class on "Language in Diverse Schools and Communities." It is a phenomenal account of the historical development of attitudes and norms about Standard English - why we think of people from the Midwest as sounding "normal" but people from other regions as "having accents."