American Dialect Society

Subscriptions to the publications of the American Dialect Society are included in the cost of membership.

American Speech
Founded in 1925 at the instigation of H. L. Mencken and Professor Louise Pound (the first woman to serve as president of the Modern Language Association), the quarterly journal American Speech is the oldest journal devoted to the speech of North America. It includes articles on all aspects of American English and a regular feature, "Among the New Words."

Annual membership in the American Dialect Society includes a subscription to American Speech with free electronic access to current issues through Project Muse, and free electronic access to backfiles through JSTOR. Members can contact the ADS for the password. Membership also includes a copy of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (an annual hardbound supplement) and the newsletter of the American Dialect Society. Join here.

Newsletter of the American Dialect Society (NADS)
Published three times a year, with information on meetings, publications and other activities. Sent to all members as part of membership. Online access to its back issues is unrestricted. Separate subscriptions not available.

Publications of the American Dialect Society (PADS)
A hard-cover monograph series, published as an annual supplement to American Speech. PADS is also available for purchase as a book from Duke University Press. Click here and follow directions on how to locate an individual title.

ADS also sponsors the Dictionary of American Regional English, edited by Joan H. Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and published by Harvard University Press. (Long-time editor Frederic G. Cassidy died at age 92 in 2000; a biography and resume of his rich career is available, PDF 452K). Of six projected volumes, Volume I (A-C) was published in 1985, Volume II (D- H) in 1991, Volume III (I-O) in 1996, Volume IV (P-Sk) in 2002. An "Index by Region, Usage, and Etymology" to the first two volumes was published as PADS 77 in 1993; a similar index to Volume III appeared as PADS 82 in 1999.

Guidelines for Contributors
to American Speech

Editorial Policy
American Speech is concerned principally with the English language in the Western Hemisphere, although contributions dealing with English in other parts of the world, with other languages influencing English or influenced by it, and with general linguistic theory may also be submitted for consideration by the Editorial Board. The journal welcomes articles dealing with current usage, dialectology, and the history and structure of English.American Speech is not committed to any particular theoretical framework, but preference is given to articles that are likely to be of interest to a wide readership.

Manuscripts for Submission
Books for review, manuscripts of articles for American Speech,and studies of monograph length for the Publication of the American Dialect Society series should be addressed to

Charles E. Carson, Managing Editor
American Dialect Society Publications
Duke University Press, Brightleaf Square
Durham, NC 27708-0018
Phone: 919-687-3670
fax: 919-688-5595

Send items for possible inclusion in "Among the New Words" to:

Wayne Glowka
Department of English and Speech
Georgia College and State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490

Three copies of a manuscript should be submitted, and authors should retain a copy; manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts should be prepared in conformity with the author-date system of The Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed., 1993, chap. 16). Documentation must be given in the text itself, with a list of references at the end. Endnotes should be on separate sheets before the references list. Figures, tables, and graphic materials must be suitable for typesetting or photographic reproduction and should be placed on separate sheets at the end of the manuscript, with indication in the margin of the text at the place each is to be inserted. Citation forms are to be italicized and glosses enclosed in single quotation marks, without intervening punctuation (e.g., hushpuppy 'fried corn bread'). Technical terms and emphasized words should be indicated by double underlining for small capitals, rather than by italics. Phonetic and phonemic transcriptions should be restricted to the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Word lists should be prepared in accordance with the "Style Sheet for Glossaries" (American Speech 45 [1970]: 141-51), copies of which are available from the editor.