Language Variety in the New South

Contemporary Perspectives on Change and Variation

Edited by Jeffrey Reaser, Eric Wilbanks, Karissa Wojcik, Walt Wolfram

448 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 3 maps, 49 graphs, 33 tables, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3880-5
    Published: April 2018
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3881-2
    Published: March 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5152-9
    Published: March 2018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3879-9
    Published: April 2018

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Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines to assess the use and meaning of language in the South, a region rich in dialects and variants, this comprehensive edited collection reflects the cutting-edge research presented at the fourth decennial meeting of Language Variety in the South in 2014. Focusing on the ongoing changes and surprising continuities associated with the contemporary South, the contributors use innovative methodologies to pave new pathways for understanding the social dynamics that shape the language in the South today.

Along with the editors, contributors to the volume include Agnes Bolonyai, Katie Carmichael, Phillip M. Carter, Becky Childs, Danica Cullinan, Nathalie Dajko, Catherine Evans Davies, Robin Dodsworth, Hartwell S. Francis, Kirk Hazen, Anne H. Charity Hudley, Neal Hutcheson, Alex Hyler, Mary Kohn, Christian Koops, William A. Kretzschmar Jr., Sonja L. Lanehart, Andrew Lynch, Ayesha M. Malik, Christine Mallinson, Jim Michnowicz, Caroline Myrick, Michael D. Picone, Dennis R. Preston, Paul E. Reed, Joel Schneier, James Shepherd, Erik R. Thomas, Sonya Trawick, and Tracey L. Weldon.

About the Authors

Jeffrey Reaser is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University.
For more information about Jeffrey Reaser, visit the Author Page.

Eric Wilbanks is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
For more information about Eric Wilbanks, visit the Author Page.

Karissa Wojcik is a program manager in the Graduate School at North Carolina State University.
For more information about Karissa Wojcik, visit the Author Page.

Walt Wolfram is the William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English at North Carolina State University.
For more information about Walt Wolfram, visit the Author Page.


"An important reference work not only for its descriptions of language in the South but also as a record of the development of scholars' understanding of the interaction between language and its users in a changing South."--Connie C. Eble, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This volume represents the best new research on language variation from some of the region's premier scholars, and gives direction to the study of the language of the South in a manner that says, 'Welcome to the New South.'"--Allison Burkette, The University of Mississippi