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Readership: General readers interested in American English and its history.
Richard W. Bailey, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Richard Bailey is the author Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language and Nineteenth-Century English, and the associate editor for The Oxford Companion to the English Language. A long-time faculty member at the University of Michigan, he retired in 2007 as Fred Newton Scott Collegiate Professor of English.
"Speaking American manages a difficult feat: presenting original research while remaining accessible to non-specialists. The broad outlines of the story are familiar, but the examples are fresh ... Speaking American is an authoritative, engaging and impressively readable account" - Jack Lynch, Times Literary Supplement
2. Chesapeake Bay, before 1650
3. Boston, 1650-1700
4. Charles Town, 1700-1750
5. Philadelphia, 1750-1800
6. New Orleans, 1800-1850
7. New York, 1850-1900
8. Chicago, 1900-1950
9. Los Angeles, 1950-2000
10. Cyberspace, 2000-