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date: 15 December 2018

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This chapter provides an overview of the complex and changing picture of English in North America, focusing both on historical development and contemporary internal diversity. Some of the major differences between North America and Britain are also discussed, and comparisons are drawn between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The final section focuses on regional and social variation, drawing on both classic and contemporary research in sociolinguistics and dialectology.

Keywords: English, North America historical regional social variation dialectology

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