American Speech

A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage 

American Speech

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Journal Current volume: 94 Frequency: Quarterly

Academic Editor: Thomas Purnell

A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage published on behalf of the American Dialect Society.

American Speech has been one of the foremost publications in its field since its founding in 1925. The journal is concerned principally with the English language in the Western Hemisphere, although articles dealing with English in other parts of the world, the influence of other languages by or on English, and linguistic theory are also published. The journal is not committed to any particular theoretical framework, and issues often contain contributions that appeal to a readership wider than the linguistic studies community. Regular features include a book review section and a “Miscellany” section devoted to brief essays and notes.

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  • Editorial Office:
    American Dialect Society Publications
    Duke University Press
    905 W. Main St., 18B
    Durham, NC 27701
    919-688-5595 (fax)

    Thomas C. Purnell, University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Associate Editor for Audio Features:
    Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Victoria

    Associate Editor for Book Reviews:
    Katie Carmichael, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Associate Editor, Pedagogical Section:
    Kathryn Remlinger, Grand Valley State University

    Managing Editor:
    Charles E. Carson, Duke University Press

    Editorial Advisory Committee:
    Jennifer Bloomquist, Gettysburg College
    Jeffrey Reaser, North Carolina State University
    Joseph Salmons, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Susan Tamasi, Emory University

    Christine Mallinson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Ohio State University
    Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
    Erik R. Thomas, North Carolina State University

    Erica Benson, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
    Becky Childs, Coastal Carolina University
    Anne Curzan, University of Michigan
    Tyler Kendall, University of Oregon

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American Speech is concerned principally with the English language in the Western Hemisphere, although contributions dealing with English in other parts of the world, with other languages influencing English or influenced by it, and with general linguistic theory may also be submitted for consideration by the Editorial Board. The journal welcomes articles dealing with current usage, dialectology, and the history and structure of English. American Speech is not committed to any particular theoretical framework, but preference is given to articles that are likely to be of interest to a wide readership.


Books for review, manuscripts of articles for American Speech, and studies of monograph length for the Publication of the American Dialect Society series should be e-mailed to managing editor Charles E. Carson at or mailed to him at American Speech, Duke University Press, 905 W. Main St., 18B, Durham, NC 27701. Send items for possible inclusion in "Among the New Words" to

Manuscripts should be prepared in conformity with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed., 2017). Documentation must be given parenthetically in the text using the author-date system (chap. 15), with a list of references at the end prepared in the humanities style. Substantive notes should appear at the end of the article before the references list. Figures, tables, and graphic materials may be placed within the manuscript at their first mention or on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.

Citation forms are to be italicized and glosses enclosed in single quotation marks, without intervening punctuation (e.g., hushpuppy 'fried corn bread'). Technical terms and emphasized words should be indicated by double underlining for small capitals, rather than by italics. Phonetic and phonemic transcriptions should be restricted to the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Word lists should be prepared in accordance with the "Style Sheet for Glossaries" (American Speech 45 [1970]: 141–51).

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ISSN: 0003-1283
e-ISSN: 1527-2133