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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 321L • American English

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33355 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 301

Course Description

This course examines American English as a unique "branch" of the English language. It begins with a brief study of the historical development of American English followed by an intensive study of variation in American English.

Topics covered include myths and realities of dialects, sociohistorical factors in language variation, linguistic accounts of variation, levels of dialect, dialects in the United States (past, present, and future), regional dialects, social dialects, and ethnic dialects. Particular attention is given to phonological variation.

Grading Policy

Twenty to thirty homework exercises 50%
Twenty to thirty in-class quizzes 50%


Cartier, Francis A., and Martin T. Todaro, The Phonetic Alphabet, 3rd. ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 1983
Wolfram, Walt, and Natalie Schilling-Estes, American English, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998


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