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Guidelines for Contributors

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, 905 W Main St Ste 18B
Durham, NC 27701-2054
Phone: 919-687-3670
fax: 919-688-5595

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 (15th ed., 2003, chap. 16). Documentation must be given parenthetically in the text using the author-date system (chap. 16), with a list of references at the end prepared in the humanities style. Substantive notes should appear at the end of the article before the references list. Figures, tables, and graphic materials may be placed within the manuscript at their first mention or on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.

Citation forms are to be italicized and glosses enclosed in single quotation marks, without in- tervening 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).