American English 1781 - 1921
Edited by Daniel R. Davis
Routledge – 2003 – 4,056 pages
This set reprints a wide range of source texts invaluable to the study of American English. Volume I contains a selection of articles chronicling the debate over Americanisms in both the American and popular British press. Additional volumes comprise several glossaries of American English that illustrate the growing creativity, autonomy and specialization of the language, as well as the linguistic debates of the era.
The collection will be of key importance in the study of the first 'world English' to stake its claim outside the British Isles. The issues that arose in the development of English language in America were later to emerge in many other colonial settings where English was adopted as a language - both in settler colonies such as Australia and New Zealand, and in administrative colonies such as India, Malaysia and the Philippines. More particularly, for scholars and students interested in researching the historical development of English in America, this set brings together for the first time, a selection of the most important texts in an accessible and coherent form.