The American Language A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States
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The American Language A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

By H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken
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Table of Contents
  • THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE
  • PREFACE
  • CONTENTS
  • I By Way of Introduction
    • The Diverging Streams
    • The Academic Attitude
    • The View of Writing Men
    • Foreign Observers
    • The Characters of American
    • The Materials of American
    • Footnotes
  • II The Beginnings of American
    • In Colonial Days
    • Sources of Early Americanisms
    • New Words of English Material
    • Changed Meanings
    • Archaic English Words
    • Colonial Pronunciation
    • Footnotes
  • III The Period of Growth
    • The New Nation
    • The Language in the Making
    • The Expanding Vocabulary
    • Loan-Words
    • Pronunciation
    • Footnotes
  • IV American and English Today
    • The Two Vocabularies
    • Differences in Usage
    • Honorifics
    • Euphemisms and Forbidden Words
    • Footnotes
  • V Tendencies in American
    • International Exchanges
    • Points of Difference
    • Lost Distinctions
    • Foreign Influences Today
    • Processes of Word Formation
    • Pronunciation
    • Footnotes
  • VI The Common Speech
    • Grammarians and Their Ways
    • Spoken American As It Is
    • The Verb
    • The Pronoun
    • The Adverb
    • The Noun and Adjective
    • The Double Negative
    • Pronunciation
    • Footnotes
  • VII Differences in Spelling
    • Typical Forms
    • General Tendencies
    • The Influence of Webster
    • Exchanges
    • Simplified Spelling
    • Minor Differences
    • Footnotes
  • VIII Proper Names in America
    • Surnames
    • Given Names
    • Geographical Names
    • Street Names
    • Footnotes
  • IX Miscellanea
    • Proverb and Platitude
    • American Slang
    • The Future of the Language
    • Footnotes
  • Bibliography
    • Footnotes
  • List of Words and Phrases
  • General Index
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