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'the publishers have rightly decided that a completely new book is in order to illustrate recent findings and new foci of the "21st century". … Finegan provides a useful survey, … and recent atlases, which includes an intelligent use of maps. The chapter interestingly shows that very different methods of data collection and analysis over the years have generally confirmed the findings of the earlier studies.' Anglia

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This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in the USA, exploring the nature of language variation and its social, historical and political significance. It is divided into three sections: Part I, American English; Part II, Other Language Varieties; and Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA.

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I bought this book for my "Languages in Pluralistic America" class. I found this book very informative presented in a very accessible manner. Each chapter deals with a separate topic doing a great job in outlining the key points giving the reader a wonderful overview without deviating into boring and needless details. Though one can not consider it a literature book, it is nevertheless not like a traditional textbook either, which certainly helps in keeping the reader entertained.
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