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Wolfram, Walt 1941-

Works: 143 works in 497 publications in 3 languages and 14,132 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Contributor, pmn
Classifications: PE2841, 427.973
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Most widely held works about Walt Wolfram
Most widely held works by Walt Wolfram
Hoi toide on the Outer Banks : the story of the Ocracoke brogue by Walt Wolfram( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hoi toide," for those unfamiliar with the brogue, is Ocracoker for "high tide." As many visitors to the island are quick to observe, this vibrant dialect - with its unusual pronunciation, vocabulary, and syntax - is one of Ocracoke's most distinctive cultural features. In Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks, Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes set out to research the brogue and encourage the preservation and celebration of an important part of a community's rich heritage. Its authors trace the dialect's history and identify its unique features - even providing a glossary and quiz to augment the reader's knowledge of Ocracoke speech. In the process, they also explore some larger questions on language and the role it plays in a culture's efforts to define and maintain itself
American English : dialects and variation by Walt Wolfram( Book )

57 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The second edition of American English includes new chapters on social and ethnic dialects, including more comprehensive discussions of Latino, Native American, Cajun English, and other varieties, samples from a wider array of US regions, and a separate chapter on African American English. Updated chapters and exercises as well as features such as a phonetic symbols key, and a section on the notion of speech community, combine to make the new edition a valuable resource for students and specialists alike."--Jacket
Talkin' tar heel : how our voices tell the story of North Carolina by Walt Wolfram( )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are you considered a "dingbatter," or outsider, when you visit the Outer Banks? Have you ever noticed a picture in your house hanging a little "sigogglin," or crooked? Do you enjoy spending time with your "buddyrow," or close friend? Drawing on over two decades of research and 3,000 recorded interviews from every corner of the state, Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser's lively book introduces readers to the unique regional, social, and ethnic dialects of North Carolina, as well as its major languages, including American Indian languages and Spanish. Considering how we speak as a reflection of our past and present, Wolfram and Reaser show how languages and dialects are a fascinating way to understand our state's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The book is enhanced by maps and illustrations and augmented by more than 100 audio and video recordings, which can be found online at"--
Dialects in schools and communities by Walt Wolfram( )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curiosity about language variation and the role that dialects play in society is natural. In education, the current awareness that America's students represent a rich array of linguistic and cultural resources raises this topic again, with many of the issues from the past still unresolved. Dialects in Schools and Communities addresses this natural interest and educational concern about dialects by exploring some of the major issues that confront educational practitioners - dialect and communicative differences in spoken and written language, dialects and reading, and dialects and testing. The authors suggest what practitioners can do to recognize students' language abilities, support their language development, and expand their knowledge about dialects
The study of social dialects in American English by Walt Wolfram( Book )

15 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language variety in the South revisited by Cynthia Goldin Bernstein( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top linguists from diverse fields address language varieties in the South. Language Variety in the South Revisited is a comprehensive collection of new research on southern United States English by foremost scholars of regional language variation. Like its predecessor, Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 1986), this book includes current research into African American vernacular English, but it greatly expands the scope of investigation and offers an extensive assessment of the fiel
The development of African American English by Walt Wolfram( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book focuses on one of the most persistent and controversial questions in modern sociolinguistics: the past and present development of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Despite intense scrutiny of the historical and current development of AAVE, a number of issues remain unresolved. Most prominent among these is the development of African American English during the antebellum period and the trajectory of change in twentieth-century AAVE. This book addresses both of these issues by examining an unparalleled sociolinguistic situation involving a long-standing, isolated, biracial community situated in a distinctive dialect region of coastal North Carolina. This unique environment provides a venue for dealing with questions of localized dialect accommodation and ethnolinguistic distinctiveness in earlier African American English. The conclusions drawn challenge the Creolist, Anglicist, and neo-Anglicist positions with respect to the history of AAVE and offer insights into the development of African American speech in the twentieth century
Black-white speech relationships by Walt Wolfram( Book )

15 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American voices : how dialects differ from coast to coast by Walt Wolfram( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Polish and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection gives readers a new understanding of language diversity through an engaging look at regional, ethnic, and sociocultural dialects such as African America, Chicano, Cajun, and Jewish English."--Jacket
A sociolinguistic description of Detroit Negro speech by Walt Wolfram( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Appalachian speech by Walt Wolfram( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 1994 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This description of Appalachian speech, derived from one part of the final report of a research project on Appalachian Dialects, is intended as a reference work for educators, particularly reading specialists, English teachers, language arts specialists, and speech pathologists. Chapters deal with the following main topics: (1) a sociolinguistic framework for the study of Appalachian English; (2) phonological aspects of Appalachian speech; (3) grammatical features of Appalachian speech; and (4) educational implications of dialect diversity, with particular reference to language attitudes, testing, language arts, and reading. Appendices contain interview questionnaires, a sample informant interview, and a complete list of informants. (Am)
Field techniques in an urban language study by Roger W Shuy( Book )

16 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociolinguistic aspects of assimilation; Puerto Rican English in New York City by Walt Wolfram( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and German and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book looks at the essential dynamics of language contact and linguistic assimilation from a current sociolinguistic perspective by focusing on the English of second generation Puerto Rican teen-agers in New York City. General sociolinguistic principles are extrapolated from the author's detailed investigation of several linguistic variables (th, syllable-final alveolar stops, negation) within the context of three competing influences on the subjects' speech: the standard English of mainstream society, the Puerto Rican Spanish spoken at home, and the vernacular Black English of the surrounding indigenous community. (Ag)
Phonological analysis : focus on American English by Walt Wolfram( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We have attempted to write a text useful to the wide range of students we have encountered by first discussing the general principles of analysis and then showing how they are applied in particular fields."--Preface, p. iii
Dialects and American English by Walt Wolfram( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variation and change in geographically isolated communities : Appalachian English and Ozark English by Donna Christian( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study comparing the dialects of Ozark and Appalachian English addresses a possible relationship between the two dialects. The study compares selected structures in the two dialects in order to (1) examine similarities and differences, (2) investigate the behavior of a range of ages (10-70+) to determine patterns of change, (3) examine preservation patterns in each in light of increasing pressure to conform to mainstream norms, and (4) compare the two with other non-mainstream varieties as described in the literature. The data consist of tape-recorded speech samples from residents of the two areas. The report begins with an introductory chapter, a chapter on the historical and social context of the two settings, and a chapter on variation and language change. Subsequent chapters examine specific structures, including aspects of the auxiliary, personal datives, a-prefixing, patterns of irregular verb usage, and subject-verb concord. A concluding chapter and a list of references are also included. Appendixes include a list of the subjects in the analytic sample, interview excerpts, and a feature inventory for Appalachian and Ozark English. (MSE)
Language variety in the new South : contemporary perspectives on change and variation( )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialect change and maintenance on the Outer Banks by Walt Wolfram( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialects and education : issues and answers by Walt Wolfram( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring dialects by Donna Christian( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Hoi toide on the Outer Banks : the story of the Ocracoke brogue
American English : dialects and variationDialects in schools and communitiesThe development of African American EnglishAmerican voices : how dialects differ from coast to coastDialect change and maintenance on the Outer Banks
Alternative Names
Walt Wolfram American sociolinguist

Walt Wolfram lingüista estadounidense

Wolfram, Walt

Wolfram, Walt A.

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Wolfram, Walter A. 1941-

Wolfram, Walter Andrew 1941-

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