ICE project is jointly coordinated by
Professor Charles F. Meyer
University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd,
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of East
Asian Languages and Cultures
290 Royce Hall
Professor John Du Bois
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara CA 93106-3100
The ICE USA project includes the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English
American English, often called 'US English' or the
'American' language, is spoken throughout the United States.
It is the main language in governmental administration,
education, business, media and the legal system across the US.
It is estimated that 86% of the population speak English at
home (1990 census). There is no law stipulating English as an
official language, although a number of states have attempted
to introduce highly controversial 'English only' laws in
recent years. The US has a long tradition of English
dictionaries, starting with the renowned Webster's dictionary, which was originally published in 1828.
Population: c. 275 million.
Cassidy, F.G. (1994) Geographical
Variation of English in the United States. In Bailey, R.W,
& M. Görlach (eds) English as World Language.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
Toon, T.E. (1994) Variation in Contemporary
American English. In Bailey, R.W, & M. Görlach (eds) English as World Language. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, pp.210-249.
Kovecses, Z. (2000) American English: An
Introduction. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview
The New York