The most recent volume of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (PADS), “Contested Southernness: The Linguistic Production and Perception of Identities in the Borderlands,” by Jennifer Cramer, is the 100th volume of this publication.
“Contested Southernness” explores the interactions between language, identity, and borders where these interactions are neither simple nor straightforward. Through the example of Louisville, Kentucky, identities at the border are shown to be fluid, complex, and dynamic, with speakers constantly negotiating their amplified awareness of belonging. Read the volume, made freely available.
In celebration, all one hundred volumes of PADS are freely available online through 2016. Titles include:
- Proverbs and How to Collect Them (1945)
- The Argot of the Racetrack (1951)
- Whiz Mob: A Correlation of the Technical Argot of Pickpockets with Their Behavior Pattern (1955)
- Bituminous Coal Mining Vocabulary of the Eastern United States (1973)
- Looking for Dr. Condom (1981)
- Milestones in the History of English in America (2002)
- The Life and Death of Texas German (2008)