Appendix:American Dialect Society

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The American Dialect Society, founded in 1889, is a learned society "dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."[1] The Society publishes the academic journal, American Speech.

Wiktionary has indexed lists for two categories recognized by the American Dialect Society — Word of the Year and Most Outrageous Word of the Year.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ “About the American Dialect Society”, in[1], American Dialect Society, 2012, retrieved February 5, 2012

Further reading[edit]

  • 2007, Lerer, Seth, Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language, Columbia University Press, page 195:
  • 2006, Mencken, H.L., The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, Alfred A. Knopf:
  • 2002, Metcalf, Allan A., Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success, Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, page 188:
  • 2006, Wolfram, Walt; Natalie Schilling-Estes, American English: Dialects and Variation, Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, page 24:

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