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American Speech is a quarterly academic journal of the American Dialect Society, established in 1925 and published by Duke University Press. It focuses primarily on the English language used in the Western Hemisphere, but also publishes contributions on other varieties of English, outside influences on the language, and linguistic theory.[1]

American Speech  
Edited byThomas C Purnell
Publication details
0.800 (2009)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Am. Speech
ISSN0003-1283 (print)
1527-2133 (web)
OCLC no.644323257

The current editor is Thomas Purnell (University of Wisconsin–Madison).

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Lingua Franca consideres it a "consistently reliable peer-reviewed source of information" and states that "though it is scholarly and research based, there’s a surprising amount of information that is intelligible to anyone, even without special training in linguistics."[2]


The journal was established in 1925 by Kemp Malone, Louise Pound, and Arthur G. Kennedy "to present information about English in America in a form appealing to general readers", and was inspired by H. L. Mencken. It became the official journal of the American Dialect Society in 1970. [3]

Abstracting and indexingEdit

This journal is indexed by the following services:


  1. ^ American Speech, Duke University Press. Accessed February 21, 2008.
  2. ^ Metcalfe, Allan (September 4, 2018). "How Americans speak: the facts". Chronicle of Higher Education.
  3. ^ Algeo, John (2009). The Origins and Development of the English Language (6 ed.). Cengage. p. 196. ISBN 9781428231450.

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