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  • 1. Acknowledgments

    2. Preface–Richard W. Bailey

    3. Introduction; Allen Walker Read, American Scholar–Richard W. Bailey

    Early American English

    4. Milestones In The Branching Of British And American English

    5. The Embattled Dominance Of English In The United States

    6. The Impact Of "Ethnicity" On Attitudes Toward The English Language

    7. British Recognition Of American Speech In The Eighteenth Century

    8. Amphi-Atlantic English

    9. The Assimilation Of The Speech Of British Immigrants In Colonial America

    10. The Distinguishing Features Of American Talk

    11. Words Indicating Social Status In America In The Eighteenth Century

    12. The Allegiance To Dictionaries In American Linguistic Attitudes


    13. The First Stage In The History Of O.K.

    14. The Second Stage In The History Of O.K.

    15. The Folklore Of O.K.

    16. Later Stages In The History Of O.K.

    17. Successive Revisions In The Explanation Of O.K.

    18. Sticking To The Facts: A Letter To Rowland Berthoff

    The F-Word

    19. An Obscenity Symbol

    20. A Type Of Ostentatious Taboo

    21. Where Does That Word Come From?

    A Life In Language

    22. A Personal Journey Through Linguistics

    23. A Life Exhilarated By Language

    24. Appendix: Bibliography Of The Papers Of Allen Walker Read–Richard W. Bailey

    25. Notes

    26. References

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    A collection of essays by one of the premier historians of American English, Milestones in the History of English in America is a remarkable introduction to Allen Walker Read’s work and the ways in which archival materials can illuminate linguistic history. This volume is divided into four sections: the emergence of American English as a distinct form and the attitudes of both Britons and Americans toward its development; the history of the most distinctive and widespread American coinage, "O.K."; euphemism and obscenity; and an autobiographical section that provides a fascinating portrait of a remarkable American scholar.

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